The reason I research productivity is straightforward. I think that a productive life equals happy life. However, we have a strong desire to waste time, making it difficult to live a productive life.
You'll also develop faster in your work if you're more productive than the average person. You get greater knowledge. You go above and above. And as a result, they are finally awarded more.
And when I talk about productivity, I'm referring to efficiency. Because productivity does not imply that you are getting the job done correctly. It simply means that you get a lot of things done. But it isn't the point.
Effectiveness, on the other hand, relates to doing the proper things.
And that is what matters the most if you want to accomplish a good job, make money, live a meaningful life, or gain new skills. Otherwise, you'll be circling in circles. You may look to be busy, but you will accomplish nothing worthwhile.
To put it another way, it's simple to do pointless job. Work that doesn't get you closer to the results you want. It's a complete waste of time.
Results matter the most.
In practice, this means that you can work 50 hours a week and yet be ineffective if you don't progress personally, emotionally, or financially.
“Where do I begin?” is a question I am frequently asked. To answer that question, I'd like to offer one of the exercises I teach in Procrastinate Zero, my productivity course.
It's a technique I learned from Peter Drucker's book The Effective Executive. When it comes to knowledge workers' effectiveness, Drucker is the first and best thinker, in my opinion.
Many of the books, articles, productivity tools, and productivity applications available today were influenced in some manner by Drucker, who is widely credited with coining the term "personal effectiveness."
Next, you'll find a short exercise from The Effective Executive that you may use to quit wasting time (which I somewhat adjusted to make it easier).
Step 1: Know Thy Time
I frequently hear people say, "I'm not sure what's wrong with me." I can't seem to stop procrastinating.”
“Do you know what time it is?” I ask.
It's difficult to avoid procrastinating or increase productivity if you don't track your time. Because if you want to effectively manage your time, you must first understand where it goes.
Your memory isn't up to the task. Would you know what you were doing exactly one week ago at this time if I asked you? So there you have it.
How do you keep track of time? Keep a record of your activities.
I frequently ask customers to keep an activity journal for two weeks before we meet in person. An activity log is exactly what it sounds like: an hour-by-hour record of your daily activities.
It doesn't matter how you keep track of your activities. The sole requirement is that you maintain a record for at least two weeks. You'd like to have a month's worth of actions recorded.
I simply have a pen and a notepad on my desk and jot down the time and what I've done in the previous hour every hour. It's critical to have the notepad visible so that you don't forget about it.
Step 2: Identify The Non-Productive Work
This step is actually quite easy. I'd like to ask you one question:
“Go through your journal one by one, looking for recurring activity. What would happen if you didn't do them anymore?”
If you answered, "All Hell Breaks Loose," you are correct. Don't make any changes.
If your response is, "Nothing would happen," then you are correct. You've struck it rich.
We all engage in things that yield ZERO profit. Those are what I refer to as time-wasters.
Step 3: Eliminate The Time-Wasters
There's a bang. That's how you quit squandering your time. You should be aware of how your time is spent. Separate the important from the insignificant tasks in your life. Cut the non-essential, time-consuming jobs.
“Is it really that simple?” Yes, indeed.
You keep a log on a regular basis if you want to be a super-effective person. You are not need to keep a log for the entire year.
Instead, do two two-three week periods twice a year. That's all you'll need to keep track of your time and spot new time-wasters.
Another advantage of such a simple activity is that it causes you to consider your daily routine.
We often begin time-wasting activities and make them a habit. It's tough to break harmful habits if you don't become conscious of the needless conduct.
This activity has proven to be one of the most effective ways for me to quit wasting time.
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