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Being productive means being efficient

Being productive is not about doing more. It is about doing things efficiently.

You have the same number of hours in the day as successful authors, musicians, entertainers, entrepreneurs, and business leaders. Investing time in some simple strategies and making small changes can help you get more out of your day.

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Time Management

A process of performing “professional activities…in a state of distraction-free concentration that pushes your cognitive capabilities to their limit. These efforts create new value, improve your skill, and are hard to replicate.” - Cal Newport

Historically, psychologists used to refer to deep work as “being in the flow."

Fear of missing out (FOMO) in the workplace

People suffering from the fear of missing out have a real need to be in the know of everything. They want to see all the news and events, any office activity they want to be a part of and are always busy commenting on Facebook posts or tweeting on Twitter.

But FOMO can negatively affect productivity in the workplace.

Productivity Shame

Work is never finished, and we are unable to disconnect from it, causing us to experience productivity shame, impacting our happiness and creativity.

The modern working profiles (like knowledge work and remote work) do not have strict guidelines on a day’s productivity or any clear deliverables. It relies on a constant flow of communication, collaboration and multiple switching of context.

There are some general areas that all of us should prioritize in order to function well and generally make life worthwhile. These areas are:

  • Health and fitness. Bad health and fitness habits add up over time and have a knock-on effect in other areas of our lives.
  • Sleep and rest. Inadequate sleep leads to unstable emotions, impaired learning, imbalanced hormones and a compromised cardiovascular system.
  • Friends, family, and relationships. It's hard to mend relationships once they've been frayed. Be proactive about being the connector and decide beforehand what you won't miss out on.
  • Productive work. Instead of working harder, we should work smarter (more strategically.)
The Ivy Lee method for peak productivity
  1. At the end of the day, write the 6 most important things you need to accomplish tomorrow. 
  2. Prioritize those 6 items in order of their true importance.
  3. The next day, concentrate and finish only one task at a time.
  4. At the end of the day, move any unfinished items to a new list of six tasks for the following day.
  5. Repeat this process every working day.

It is your biggest, most important task, the one you are most likely to procrastinate on if you don't do something about it.

It is also the one task that can have the greatest positive impact on your life and results at the moment.

Winning The Day

Instead of starting the day with a list of tasks to get done, start it by identifying 1-3 things that would make this day an absolute victory if you were to do them.

If you can get those done, it will be a big victory for your goals. And then look back on it at the end of the day and celebrate what you can.

The best predictor of getting things done

The secret to great productivity is simply to do what you enjoy.

Copying other successful people will not guarantee you success: Just because Elon Musk works 120 hours a week does not mean that you'll have the same success if you work for 120 hours a week. Musk likes to work those hours. If you tried to follow that schedule, you'd have to make yourself do it. The same goes to advice like "write every day." It won't work unless you want to write.

What we can control

It's easy to feel helpless when things are outside of our control.

This begs the question of what we do have the ability to control and change. Changing a few small things can together have a positive impact on our productivity and general well-being.

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