Productivity is a deeply personal thing
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We assume that the amount of productive output we create is directly proportional to the number of hours we input. But the truth is that most thoughtful, brain-intensive work does not unfold like this. The only work that is linear is really basic, repetitive stuff.
Leisure time makes your brain far more effective upon returning to work. Weekends and vacations really do exist for a reason.
If your plate were completely clean, with limited space, what would you put on it today?
Once you’ve figured that out, you know what belongs on your plate. Constantly look at invitations and activities and requests and tasks that pop up, and ask: “Is this one of the things I would choose to put on my clean plate?”
The more you work, the less effective and productive you become over both the short and long term .
It’s important for us not to overwork ourselves and get enough sleep to maintain a high level of productivity.
Assertiveness is behaving in one's own best interests, standing up for oneself without being anxious or guilty, expressing one's honest feelings comfortably, and exercising one's right without denying others theirs.
Practice assertiveness by being firm and demanding yet soft, direct and respectful.
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