Be Efficient, Not Productive
To be more productive in a way that won't burn you out over time, you have to understand how to be more efficient. Productivity often leads to working harder, while efficiency focuses on working smarter.
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We are spending more of our time in environments that have their own agendas. Most of the entities in our lives really want us to make mistakes in their favor.
Not having a plan, goal...
... or it will control you. We can’t control our environment everywhere we go, but we have more control than we usually choose to exercise.
If you banish distractions and control your calendar you can make sure your environment is ripe for productivity.
We all know how fallible our brains can be yet we routinely trust ourselves to remember and follow through on things.
If it’s important, write it down. Reminders, post-its, and calendars are all good tools.
Switching between tasks can have damaging costs to our work and productivity.
Develop the habit of single-tasking by forcing your brain to concentrate on one task and one task only. Put your phone away, close all the browser windows and apps that you don’t need. Immerse yourself in this task. Only move to the next one when you’re done.
“Time management is not a peripheral activity or skill. It is the core skill upon which everything else in life depends.”