Become more productive, increase your energy and learn how to take control of your time. Also be sure to check out our complete guide to productivity.
This sounds like a clickbait title, but hey, at least it’s not a list post. Hear me out though.
Honestly, it’s hard to name something in the few words you get with an article headline.
Especially something like this that requires an explanation, regardless of how simple it sounds.
The thing is, there is one productivity tip that is the most effective way to get stuff done, but it’s rarely talked about, and I can’t explain it in a headline, so I’ll explain it in this 3-minute-read.
Multitasking was once viewed as a coveted skill. Like computers, humans were expected to be able to perform five tasks at once without slowing down. Phone calls, emails, filing, etc, etc. The more we do at once, the faster we can be at completing those tasks.
That dream of a perfect multi-tasker was short lived. Studies came out suggesting multitasking was the bane of productivity, and evidence proved that cognitive ability – also known as IQ – lowered significantly when employees overburdened themselves with too much work at once. Our electronic-heavy offices were also contributing to the lack of productivity among workers. As a 2009 study with Stanford University found out, workers that “are regularly bombarded with several streams of electronic information do not pay attention” and are less likely to recall that information soon after.
So began the demonization of multitasking; but it should not be discredited so thoroughly.
Technology can open up many opportunities in today’s world, but it still requires us to make a commitment to what we want from life.
In my case, I used technology to work remotely and travel. While the internet is a great means to do that, it was ultimately up to me to ensure the work got done, even though I felt like I was on holiday.
Whether it’s living up to our potential, crushing our to-do list, or just trying to be our best selves, we all want to be more productive. But the idea of productivity can become a pit of guilt and self-recrimination.
There will always be more to do: more work, more steps toward our personal ambitions. You can stress yourself out for the sake of “being more productive,” while losing sight of what that really means.
So for the moment, forget being way more productive in the far future. How can you be a little more productive right now?
I’m a long-time fan of TED talks. In fact this post is kind of a “part 2.”
I wrote 6 TED Talks That Will Change the Way You Think About Money in early 2015.
Ever since I published that, I’ve wanted to post about productivity TED talks. Here it is.
The whole idea of a TED talk is to change your thinking. I’ve watched countless hours of these talks, and the speaker is always attempting to either change your mind, or your mindset. That’s exactly what these speakers do. And that’s a good thing.
These six videos are extremely useful and helpful in changing the way we view productivity.
Is happiness the key to life?
For many, it is. But it’s so easy to get caught up worrying about our own happiness.
We can actually turn happiness into an idol that we worship, without even realizing it.
I’m not going to go into the religious implications of that, but I’m sure you would agree that idols aren’t the healthiest things to form. And you’re right. Regardless of your religious or spiritual beliefs, happiness makes a terrible idol.
There is a way to achieve happiness without idolizing it, and it’s actually easier than you may think.
We’ve all been there.
A dinner party at work. A meet and greet at church. An “open house” at school.
Events that should be easy, but we end up making them awkward and uncomfortable.
The good news is that you’re not alone. We’re all awkward! Some more than others, of course.
Let me explain 6 things I’ve done to build confidence and reduce some of the awkward social stress.
What are the most unproductive 9 minutes of your day?
It’s no secret. It’s the snooze button. Did you see that coming? Probably.
But we’re not done yet. I’m going to explain why the snooze button is so unproductive, and how to actually snooze productively. Yes, it’s possible to hit the snooze button, and not be a complete failure, regardless of what the internet tells you.
In fact, you can actually do some really productive things with the snooze button.
If more than 1/3 of American adults are hitting the snooze (I suspect it’s actually more than that), then something needs to change.
At least, the way we view the snooze button.