Have you been trying to increase your productivity?
Does it seem as if you’re not getting anywhere, day-in, and day-out?
In this post, I offer a collection of four falsities that might be slowing down your ability to get things done.
“If I don’t take a break, I can get more done.”
Thinking about skipping that lunch break in order to squeeze in a bit more time on that slide presentation?
How about saying no to a five-minute coffee break after a long meeting in the office?
Working non-stop is not the most efficient way to get things done.
The longer you work at something, the more fatigued you’ll become, and the more prone you are to make mistakes.
Take a break, even if you don’t think you need one. You’ll return to your work rested, and ready to get down to business.
“If I keep working with the same tools I have, things are bound to improve.”
Sometimes, you have to make do with what you have, be it an old computer, cell phone, or photocopier. There does come a point, however, where tools become dull, obsolete, or completely broken.
At this point, the more effort you put into something, the less you’ll get out of it. The key is knowing when it is time to upgrade, update, or replace something. Pay close attention to your tools; they have more of an influence on your productivity than you may realize.
“Working faster is the only way to be efficient.”
Think working at breakneck speeds is the only way in which you can work efficiently? There are many different ways to be efficient.
A good rule of thumb is to think about how you can streamline, or lessen the amount of work you’ll have to do in future. What can you do right now, to make your work run smoothly?
For example, you could create a handy system for filing incoming bills or invoices, devise a packing checklist for your regular business trips, or ask for help or assistance with a big project?
“A productivity app will solve all of my productivity issues.”
Productivity apps are great tools that can help you keep track of your to-dos, lists, manage your projects, and time. However, apps are not the be-all, end-all of your productivity. Sometimes you have to take a deeper look at what you are doing (or not doing) in order to make the most of your time and energy.
For example, how are you spending your time at work? Are you mostly working…or not? Are you taking time every day to work towards your goals? Are you reviewing and adjusting your work approach? Feeling a bit overwhelmed with your app(s)?
How about you? Do you tell any of these productivity lies to yourself? How are you going to correct things in future? Join the conversation and leave a comment below!