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7 Popular Productivity Myths Busted

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Working longer hours doesn’t necessarily increase productivity. It’s been proven to lower productivity, lead to errors and generate stress.

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7 Popular Productivity Myths Busted

7 Popular Productivity Myths Busted

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8 hours of sleep as a must

The sleep time required for optimal functioning depends on individual needs – and these vary with season, mood, activity level and other factors.

The "power" of multitasking

Multitasking can be detrimental. Research shows it stresses and slows us down, increasing our potential for error. It also decreases information retention and focus.

Productivity in offices

We can be productive out of offices. Research shows that those who dislike office have increased productivity when working from home or on public spaces.

Disconnecting for productivity

Some people say that the web is bad for our productivity because it floods our minds with useless information. In fact, ever since the internet has become a significant part of our lives, we began to consciously choose the knowledge we want to remember. 

Plus, we also rely on it for research.

Clean workspaces

Clean workspaces don’t necessarily increase productivity. 

Studies show that lack of order may help some workers to be more efficient and creative, aiding in their decision-making process.

Day-dreaming and productivity

Idleness and daydreaming don’t necessarily harm productivity. They’re essential to our mental health, helping us order acquired information, recharge our brains and power our productivity.

More time and productivity

Working longer hours doesn’t necessarily increase productivity. It’s been proven to lower productivity, lead to errors and generate stress.

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Myth #4: Pushing To Get Things Done

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Myth #3: The Internet Is A Distraction

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