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Time Management

Schedule things that make you happy

The activities that we have on our calendar are most likely the things that we're supposed to do but in order to not tire ourselves out, we must also make time for the things that make us happy.

The people who spend more time on projects that energize them and with people who bring the same energizing energy tend to be happier.

This is a productivity method developed by Brian Tracy. The 'frog' refers to the most important and most impactful task you have to complete.

If you work on it first thing every morning, you'll be more productive and successful, and you'll reach your goals more quickly.

Procrastination: The How And Why

We usually procrastinate instead of being productive due to various reasons like having fun being distracted (like playing video games) or just lounging around as the task is too easy (or too difficult).

We start with a big, audacious goal and quickly realize that it is not feasible. Our lack of expertise is also a perfect excuse to slack around, as we fail to break down the task into smaller ones or take the first step.

Assessing your productivity

A huge number of productivity books have been published but very few of these books combine productivity, creativity, and mental health. How do you achieve more without burning out in the process?

Using a mindful productivity audit is one way to assess your current systems and evaluate if you can perform better while taking care of your mind.

Fatigue influences performance

Research suggests that we need to think strategically about how the time of day will affect our decisions and performance.

As a day passes, we become increasingly tired and more likely to underperform on work tasks. This suggests that we should tackle tasks that require a great deal of attention and mental energy first and that we should take regular breaks.

Steven Pressfield
“The Principle of Priority states (a) you must know the difference between what is urgent and what is important, and (b) you must do what’s important first.”
We Are Always Paying Others
  • Most of the time, we spend our money, energy and time on obligations and things that benefit others, not us.
  • We exhaust ourselves mentally, physically, emotionally and financially due to our current tasks and to-do lists that consume us.
  • We need to think about our future selves as our biggest obligation and turn our focus outside of the routine work we do all day, and towards ourselves.
"Don't break the chain" productivity method

Jerry Seinfeld keeps his commitment of writing a joke every single day with a calendar: Each day that he writes, he puts a big X on the calendar.  

After a few days, he'll have a chain. If ever he’s tempted to skip a day, he just has to look at the calendar where a single missed day will ruin the whole chain.

We Don’t Know What Productivity Really Is

Most of us want to be productive but do not completely understand what we do, why we do it, and who judges it as productive or non-productive.

Productivity can be defined as the effectiveness of an effort, measured in terms of input and output. This definition is limited, as modern knowledge work does not fall in the category of industries (like a sugar factory) or agriculture, where productivity can be measured tangibly, and the output is already defined in a linear way.

Past predictions about the average working hours

Nearly a century ago, British economist John Keynes predicted this generation would only work 15 hours a week.

In 1890, workers worked an average of 60 hours per week. By 1890, the average working hours dropped to 37. However, by the 1970s, the downward trend of working hours had turned around, and today, American workers average 47 work hours in a week.

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