The Only 3 Ways to be More Productive
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We do it because it's the most visible form of productivity.
It is a way to prove to others that you are doing stuff and checking things off the list.
Hard work is necessary in order to be productive, but there is such a thing as too much of a good thing.
At some point, you start to be negatively productive.
It means scheduling your time according to your natural rhythms:
Acquire new skills that will help you get more things done in less time.
One reason we work too hard is that we are using that hard work to make up for a lack of courage.
Example: Instead of firing the team member who is dragging down the project, we work harder to make up for them. Firing them takes courage.
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...are your most precious for maximized productivity.
Your brain is most attuned first thing in the morning, and so are your energy levels. Consequently, the best time to do your best work is during this time.
Spend the first 90 minutes of your workday on your #1 priority, nothing else.
Zero distractions. Just get that work done.
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For most of us, our mental energy is at its highest in the morning.
As the day goes on, you'll feel more fatigued and so you are more likely to make bad decisions. Do the hardest thing on your list in the morning, and you will be less likely to crack under pressure later on.
Having regular healthy nutritional meals and snacks gives your brain little boosts of energy it needs to power forward.
Without the proper fuel, your brain is more likely to focus on immediate indulgences and forget about those long-term goals.
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Write out your to-do list the day before:
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Instead of increasing the number of productive hours, we can focus on getting the right things done in a timely way. We also need to restore and balance ourselves, our colleagues, family and environment, instead of a neurotic or pathological focus on deadlines.
Find out what's truly important to us and use the finite resource of time wisely.
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Identify what can be automated, delegated or be replaced in favor of something else. Even if it only saves you a few minutes, it will add up over time.
Efficiency is not limited to how you perform specific tasks. Consider how the general way you work impacts your efficiency.
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