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The Only 3 Ways to be More Productive

Courage And Working Smarter

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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Working Harder isn’t the Answer

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.

The Dose-Response Theory

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.

Prioritize Tasks by Energy Level

It means scheduling your time according to your natural rhythms:

  • Do your most important work at the beginning of the day if you are a morning person.
  • Don't feel bad about sleeping in because you stayed up late at night to work if you are a night owl.

Learn New Skills

Acquire new skills that will help you get more things done in less time.

  • Consume information and learn about other people from your field, about their mistakes and methods.
  • Apply what you learn.

Use Popular Productivity Hacks

  • Find an Accountability Buddy
  • Create a morning ritual for the first hour of your morning
  • Use the Pomodoro Technique to break your work into chunks
  • Make a “Not-To-Do List” with the things that waste your time
  • Use freelancing platform to outsource tasks 
  • Batching similar tasks into one chunk.
  • Practice systems like David Allen’s Getting Things Done for task management.

Apply Courage to Your Work

  • Courage is in choosing to work less because we are confident in our own productivity time, even if that means having a 5-hour workday.
  • It is having a difficult conversation with someone at work.

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Reserve Mornings for Deep Work

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Effectiveness 
It is basically a polite word for getting things done. But the right kind of things.
Peter Drucker's Strategy 

... to become more effective:

  • Know your time: if you want to manage your time better, you have to know where it goes first.
  • Identify the non-productive work: activities that have ZERO return, with no importance if you stopped doing them.
  • Eliminate the trivial, time-wasting tasks.

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Eliminate as Many Choices as Possible

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Do the Hardest Thing First

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.

Refuel Frequently

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.