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5 Productivity Myths Debunked by Science - Art Of Productivity

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5 Productivity Myths Debunked by Science - Art Of Productivity
"How would you describe yourself?" How many times have you been asked that question in job interviews over the years? And how many times have you made the following claim? "I'm a hardworking multitasker." It's understandable. Being a good multitasker is a sign that you're productive, right? Not necessarily.

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Myth #5: You Should Never Work At Home

Myth #5: You Should Never Work At Home

Some people working from home have a higher efficiency on time spent working and performance per minute. The employees surveyed also reported they were happier working at home. 

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Myth #4: Pushing To Get Things Done

Myth #4: Pushing To Get Things Done

Willpower is a limited resource, one that we deplete through hard, focused work. We need to take regular breaks to restore our flagging willpower and keep our productivity in the long run.

Take a break and do something different for a few minutes every half-hour or so to give your brain a break and replenish your mental resources. 

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Myth #3: The Internet Is A Distraction

Myth #3: The Internet Is A Distraction

The Internet distracts but we use it for researching items and retaining information. If you build up your searching skills and ignore distractions, like social networks, it becomes just a tool.

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Myth #2: Early Birds Get The Worm

Myth #2: Early Birds Get The Worm

Creative insights may come during “non-optimal” times of the day. Society might be structured for early risers but you should stick to working during times when you’re at your most productive (as much as possible).

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Myth #1: Multitasking Makes You Efficient

Myth #1: Multitasking Makes You Efficient

While multitasking your brain needs to do goal shifting and rule activation (turning off rules for one task and turning on rules for another).

Switching tasks always carries a cost in terms of time and mental energy. And although the cost in time is short we switch so often that it stacks up and can consume up to 40% of your time.

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Treat the meeting with yourself as it was a meeting with a third party. It’s only you who can act on your most important tasks with priority.

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Ringing phones, text messages, reminders, pop-ups, social media, email.

There’re countless studies demonstrating that multitasking will hinder your work both in terms of quality and quantity. 

Resist the temptation to get in the loop and do one thing at a time.

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Once you resolve much of your shame, and once you’ve created situations to provide greater emotional benefits from doing the desired behavior than not doing it, you start to experience discipline without willpower.

You wake up early because it feels good to wake up early. You eat healthy because you feel good about not eating junk and having the right diet. The pain is still there, but you work with the pain rather than against it. You pursue it rather than run from it.

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