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Reach Peak Productivity With These 5 Strategies

Reach Peak Productivity With These 5 Strategies
You're stressed. I'm stressed. We're all "crazy busy" and to deal with increasing demands we work longer hours; we multitask; we track, measure and optimize. All the while we sacrifice other values, such as sleep and exercise, healthy eating and family time.


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Be Intentional

The right metric for human performance is effectiveness, not efficiency.

Intentionally decide on the task at hand; intentionally perfect the conditions for working on that task; intentionally treat your body the way it needs to be treated.


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Recognize Your Decision Points

Recognize Your Decision Points

If we act on autopilot, unaware of the time and our surroundings, we are likely to gravitate to tasks that are easy or urgent.

Identify decision moments, and pause and reflect on your true priorities.



Manage Your Mental Energy

For peak productivity, we must tackle our work when we have the mental energy for it. 

Identify your two best mental hours, and intentionally schedule your important work during that time.



Stop Fighting Distractions

Stop Fighting Distractions

Our attention systems are designed to regularly discover what is new in our environment. 

To help you refocus, allow your mind to wander or take a few minutes to stare out the window. 



Leverage Your Mind-Body Connection

Focus as much on your physical health as your mental health.

Stay hydrated, eat smaller meals more often, moderate your caffeine intake, exercise.



Make Your Workspace Work For You

Make Your Workspace Work For You

Create a physical environment that is restorative rather than distracting.

Choose a quiet area, with bright and cool lighting and keep your desk uncluttered.




Taking a break once an hour

... increases productivity. 

A break can serve as creative fuel

Something as simple as a ten-minute conversation with a friend, or watching an inspiring video can give us a much needed boost, or point us in a new direction if we've been stuck. 

Talking a step away -- literally or figuratively -- might be just what we need to recharge.

Physical movement

We are not designed to sit around all day. 

Getting up for a few minutes and getting our blood flowing and some more oxygen to the brain is a necessary piece of the work day.

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Set multiple deadlines

A way to create less stressful deadlines is to break large projects into smaller tasks. Set a deadline for each task instead of just one final deadline. 

Regularly spacing the deadlin...

Yerkes-Dodson law

The Yerkes-Dodson law states that the more mental arousal there is in doing a task, the more efficient a person becomes. After you get to a certain threshold, your performance begins to decrease.

An appropriate quantity of stress should inspire increased productivity.

Your ideal stress level

Difficult tasks require low levels of stress, while easy tasks require high levels of stress to trigger mental arousal.

The next time you set a deadline, try placing a rush deadline for easier tasks and set your deadline far out for more difficult projects.

Lower accountability

Lower accountability

Procrastinating is even easier when you have no one looking over your shoulder. Lower accountability can make procrastination more likely at home.

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High tolerance to frustration

People with high frustration tolerances are the ones that generally succeed at remote work. And you can take steps to raise your frustration tolerance and become more conscientious by working on your impulsivity.

A non-conscientious person will find another activity (a distraction most likely) the moment something challenging or uncomfortable comes up. They have to be more conscious to stay in the moment: count to five or take five deep breaths, for example.

A lack of boundaries

When work and personal activities are occurring in the same space, there are no cues for you to behave the way you do at work while you are outside your physical office.

Those who work well from home create boundaries in a work-life world without them. Then, once these parameters are established, people who commit fewer ‘boundary violations’ are better off.