5 Productivity Advice By Experts That Don’t Always Work
For many of us, becoming more productive is a significant goal. We all want to make the most of our time and energy on any given day.
And it’s not hard to know why: being able to get more done allows us to get ahead in life and even gives us more time to do the things we love outside of work.
That’s why we read books, listen to podcasts, and take advice from different sources on how to be more productive, effective, or efficient.
However, there’s often no “one size fits all” when it comes to becoming more productive. Some of the ideas work, but others don’t make much of a difference.
The simple reason is that each of us is unique. What works for some people might not exactly work for others. The important thing is to always evaluate any advice, tips, tools, etc. in the light of your own life and priorities.
Here are the five most common pieces of “expert” productivity advice that usually don’t work:
Maximize Every Second of Your Day
Time is an important asset, and most of us believe that the best way to be productive and make the most of our time is to schedule a task into every second of our day.
We try to fill up the day with all sorts of activities in order not to “waste” our time. So, if we’re not reading a book, then we’re listening to a podcast or audiobook. We just find something to keep us busy, even during our downtime.
Without a doubt, time is limited. It can’t be recovered once it’s gone. And on any given day, you only have about 3–4 hours when you’re highly energized and sharply focused to do your best work.
The trick to becoming more productive isn’t to make the most of your time. Instead, it’s about making the most of your energy.
It’s about making sure you’re not packing your day full of tasks, which keeps your mind constantly hyperactive and busy. This leaves you feeling drained and exhausted all the time.