“Productivity is so much more than just managing our time.”
Everybody shares a common reason why they strive to be more productive: a lack of time.
We only have so many hours in a day to be productive and achieve everything we need to. It’s why there are thousands of tweets with #ProductivityTips that link to posts just like this one.
In his TED Talk, Chris Bailey suggests that there is more to productivity than just time management. He says that the confluence of productivity is time, attention and energy.
The less we’re distracted, the more we can focus our attention on important tasks. And if we stop to take a break and recharge, we can stop our productivity from plummeting early in the day.
But what else can we do to become more productive? To help you accomplish more, Chris outlines five simple but effective tips:
1. The rule of 3
At the start of the day, ask yourself “By the time the day is done, what three main things do I want to have accomplished?”
Doing this every morning helps you to separate what is important from what isn’t, and it only takes a few minutes.
2. Do one thing at a time
The fewer things we try to achieve, the more productive we become. Instead of scattering attention between multiple different tasks, you should channel your focus and energy onto one thing at a time. Doing this forces us to become more deliberate about what we’re working on.
3. Cultivate your energy
This might seem like common sense, but eating well, exercising and getting enough sleep are crucial for productivity.
4. Disconnect from the internet
Chris explains that, as he was working on The Productivity Project, the highest-performing executives he met saw the internet as a nicety instead of a necessity. When we’re connected to the internet, we spend 47% of the time procrastinating.
The internet isn’t where our most important work lies, so it’s important to remember to take a break every now and again.
5. Remember to daydream
Whilst it might seem counter-intuitive, Chris swears by daydreaming as a way to boost productivity. Our best ideas rarely come to us when we’re engrossed in our work, so don’t be afraid to let your mind wander.
Chris graduated University and received two full-time job offers, but declined them both in order to dedicate 12 months of his life to exploring his passion: productivity. Over the past ten years his experiments continued and his work has received national and international media attention. Every month his work is read by 200,000 people from countries all over the world. Check out more of his work at ALifeofProductivity.com.
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