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Time In The Industrial Age

Factories and mills of the industrial age put their focus on time management, productivity and efficiency, pressurising the workforce to work maximum in minimum time. This practise is still being followed by corporates.

This method does not work, as it puts us in a productivity trap, which is a recipe for disaster.

Example: Answering every email may sound productive, but it actually increases your workload as more and more replies pile on.

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Four Thousand Weeks

We all only live about 4000 weeks.

This deadline of living on Planet Earth can make us do stuff quickly, trying to be as productive as possible in the short time we have.

This phenomenon of speeding up, called the productivity trap leads us to unhappiness and eventual disappointment. Counterintuitively, we need to slow down to make the most out of life.

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It is fine to leave certain projects that you haven’t been able to do, instead of fretting about it. You only have 4000 weeks and there is a limit to what you can achieve.

One trick is to create a have-done list, which is empty in the morning, and by the end of the day is filled with all the tasks, planned or unplanned, that you ended up doing.

This exercise reframes your mental workload and provides a sense of achievement.

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Doing things faster does not free up time. Rewards, achievements and accomplishments do not really make us happier, a phenomenon called hedonic adaptation.

The feeling of time slipping away decreases our happiness levels and makes us conscious of how little time we have.

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There are no productivity hacks

Habits and work systems can produce the best return on your time.

Getting more work done is about knowing what to do, when to do it, and how to get it done in order to maximize the little time you have every day.

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A Low Success Rate

New Year Resolutions typically show a low success rate, as 10% of them actually succeed.

The reason for this low rate might be our basic instincts and temptations: people give into temptations that conflict with their long-term goals about one out of every five times they try to resist - a figure that rises rapidly if they're tired, busy or stressed.

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It's when you fill your time doing things, and things which aren’t inherently bad (such as cleaning your place), but those crucial couple to-do’s you had, like writing your novel and researching the investment opportunity, fell flat.

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