FOLLOW Build the Right Environment
To make a 3-hour workday feasible, design the right environment to make it possible.
Behavior is the result of environment. If you have many apps open, you’ll be more likely to be distracted. Eliminate the need for willpower. Think of willpower like a bank balance. For every decision you make, you spend a unit. Design the right environment, so you avoid depleting all of your willpower.
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FOLLOW This is Why the People Who Work At Your Company are So Unproductive
One of the most horrifying statistics for modern knowledge workers is how much time they spend on email. They send, receive, and respond to email for an average of 5.6 hour per workday. According to Cal Newport, our highest value work is rare, valuable, and cognitively demanding.
Shockingly Unproductive Studies show that employees spend more than five hours per day reading and replying to emails. While it may seem like urgent work, email is not the best kind of work. Facilitate Deep Work
A few smart strategies that can be deployed:
Installing pods for deep work while having common areas for collaborative work. Wearing headphones that are easily seen to signal that you are not to be disturbed. Turning your office into a library, following the same culture of quietness where everyone is hushed and respectful. Email is not Real Work Real work, by definition, should be rare, valuable and cognitively demanding.
Email does not check any of these boxes, and is, therefore, a pseudo work.
FOLLOW Bored with Your Job? The Recipe for Enjoying Your Work | Scott H Young
Endlessly boring meetings. Frustrating clients. Work that seems to pile up endlessly and never get done. There's plenty of reasons to dislike work, but the state of stressful, near-constant distraction tops the list for many. Compare that to the state of flow, described by psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi.
The State of Flow Being in flow means focusing your complete attention on the task in front of you. It is an underrated aspect of our happiness at work. Flow requires simplicity: if a task is too... Make Frustrating Tasks Easier
Work tasks are rarely chosen by you, so they rarely have optimal difficulty. To make them more likely to produce flow:
Slow down on your work and let go of the expectations you have related to your tasks. Complex tasks can seem very overwhelming and frustrating. So break them up into more manageable sub-tasks. Lower your standards temporarily to get the faucet running. Perfectionism will not help you in this case. Make Boring Tasks More Interesting
You tend to start daydreaming spontaneously when you don’t have something harder to do. To make boring tasks more engaging:
Up your game. Even a slight increase in standards is often enough to make your focus sharper. Measure your performance, keep track of it as you go and make the stakes higher for whatever you’re doing. Do it differently. If you change up your explicit strategy, removing the ability to do it by rote, you can increase engagement. FOLLOW The 5 Types of Work That Fill Your Day
Hacking work is all the rage these days, along with tips for managing email, taking notes, and running meetings. But, at a higher level, what can we learn from analyzing the different types of work we do and how we allocate our time?
Reactionary Work Reactionary work is the stuff that we do out of a reaction, like picking a phone because it is ringing. Checking email, replying to a text message, is all reactionary work. It is... Planning Work Planning work is time spent on listing, prioritizing and scheduling your work.
Planning helps us become efficient in our execution. Thus, allocating special time for planning work is crucial. Proactive planning can be exceptionally productive and beneficial in the long run.
Procedural Work It is the stuff we have to do, like writing a check to pay our bills, preparing our tax returns, or even making a daily report. Procedural work is best tackled by technology: a utomation minimizes the time spent and errors generated in any procedural work. Deepstash is better on the app. Discover new ideas and get inspired daily. GET THE APP SIGN IN