We’re obsessed with the idea of productivity and work hacks this day in age.
Staying disciplined is the one problem we constantly run into even though we stay motivated on our tasks.
Are you looking at productivity the wrong way? It’s not about being the first person to sign up for the latest task management tool, or about staying grounded at your desk. It’s about knowing the fundamentals of how your brain works and using it to your benefit.
Here’s a 3 Minute Video on What You Need to Know about Productivity.
During this video you’ll grasp the following key productivy concepts:
The fool’s game of worrying and having more willpowerWorld class experts discuss how they stay productiveEnergy Management = ProductivityThe drawbacks of busy work, which results in procrastination
To obtain a more productive lifestyle you have to acknowledge the amount of evidence that shows willpower alone will NOT be adequate to stay productive.
“Our brain fears big projects and often fails to commitment to long-term goals because we’re susceptible to “abandoning ship” at the first sign of distress” – by researcher Janet Polivy.
What do our brains wish to do instead? “Your brain will attempt to “simulate” real productive work by avoiding big projects and focusing on small, mindless tasks to fill your time”- by researcher John Bargh.
To figure this out, your best bet is to monitor the habits of some of the world’s most productive people. Luckily for us, several researchers have done that. Their findings on the “secrets” of productivity will amaze you.
The Behaviours of Productive People
If world-class musicians were asked what their practice routines were, you would picture an artist who plays all day long and even takes their instrument to bed.
Researcher Anders Ericsson studied the practice routines of violinists and stated that the best performers were NOT playing their violin continuously, but they were more productive through their practice routines. This resulted in the violinists obtaining more sleep compared to the average person. This is possible by spending more time working on the difficult tasks which resulted in them managing their time and energy levels better.
How to Work Like a Professional
Research shows that discipline is maintained best through habits NOT willpower.
We don’t push ourselves to the maximum productivity output on a daily basis, but instead of “giving it our all” we dispense our effort throughout the day which leads us back to a busywork lifestyle.
To address this issue, we need to take shorter breaks (no more than 15-20 minutes) between long work periods of 90 minute intervals. This results in a 16% increase in awareness, energy level and focus.
To summarize, being productive and trying to maintain high energy levels is quite difficult with little to no breaks. Start taking 15-20 minute breaks every 90 minutes throughout your work day and see how more productive you become.
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