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4 common lies about performance and productivity

Being around positive people

Stop seeking out only positive people and those with similar mindsets. People with a more pessimistic style may teach you lessons about how you want to view the world. They may also be able to see pitfalls and concerns that those with more rose-colored glasses don’t readily see.

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4 common lies about performance and productivity

4 common lies about performance and productivity

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Bad advice

Advice that promises a shortcut or a universal truth is usually bad advice.

One right way to do things

When someone prescribes a specific formula or time limit for an activity, be skeptical. 

Whether it’s exercise, meditation, or other routines, don’t let all-or-nothing thinking deprive you of the benefits of doing something—even for a little while.

Being around positive people

Stop seeking out only positive people and those with similar mindsets. People with a more pessimistic style may teach you lessons about how you want to view the world. They may also be able to see pitfalls and concerns that those with more rose-colored glasses don’t readily see.

Using 'hacks'

Making changes to your life is hard work. There are no shortcuts. 

You can’t just do one simple thing and have your life fall into place.

Trusting the process

Just following a process isn’t enough. If you don’t know your goal and what it’s going to take to get there, no amount of focus on the process is going to be enough.

You need context, measurement, and engagement to truly move the needle on your personal growth and effectiveness.

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Long lists are a problem because most people aren’t aware that “we only have about three to six good hours of work in us each day.”

People also tend to underestimate how long a task takes. 

Including Someday Items

Aspirational tasks, like writing a book, don’t belong on a to-do list; instead, create a separate bucket list. 

Daily to-do lists should be focused. If you have a big project you want to complete, you can put it on your to-do list if you chunk it out into smaller, more attainable tasks.

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