It’s 6:30 p.m. You’re ready to call it a day.
But unfortunately, you can’t. Not yet.
You‘ve been at the office since 5:30 a.m., but still have things to get done before you can head home. The problem is, you’ve worked seven days straight. No weekend break. You feel worn out, to the point that even carrying your car keys might prove a challenge when you finally turn out the lights.
Your spouse calls to see when you’re coming home, and you complain to her wearily, “I can’t do this anymore.” …Read More
“How would you describe yourself?”
How many times have you been asked that question in job interviews over the years? And how many times have you made the following claim?
“I’m a hardworking multitasker.”
It’s understandable. Being a good multitasker is a sign that you’re productive, right?
There are a lot of aspects of productivity that we take for granted because we have been told over and over that they’re valid. But the truth may surprise you. For example, does being a good multitasker really mean you’re more productive than your single-tasking coworkers?
Science …Read More
Productivity is a bit of an obsession for me. I’m always trying to streamline my time and get more done. Sometimes, it feels as if I spend more time trying to be productive than I do actually being productive.
Everyone goes through that.
I started to wonder what other people do to get around that — people who seem to squeeze every drop of productivity from their day. I decided to do some research, and picked up a lot of great tips and tricks I never would have thought of.
Check it out – here are the top 10 secrets …Read More
In a recent post, I talked about how you can recognize signs that you’re taking on too many tasks at once. But once you figure out you’re in over your head, what do you do?
Some people are tempted to just keep working. They tell themselves, “Once I bust through this project, then I can back off a bit.”
I don’t know about you, but my to-do list never works that way. The moment I cross off one thing, I feel compelled to add two more.
But if you keep trying to bite off more than you can chew, you’re …Read More
Today, we’re going to talk about some of the crazy stuff that happens when you’re overcommitted and working too hard to get through an impossible to-do list.
I’m not talking about burnout. Burnout is what happens when you allow stress to build to the point that you stop caring. You lose your motivation to work.
Instead, we’re going to dig deep into what happens before that, when you’re hyper-motivated, but your mania is starting to sabotage your efforts.
In the rush to be as productive as possible, it’s tempting to push yourself to your limits. You put in …Read More
I don’t know about you, but I’m at my best in the morning. Yes, I’m still yawning, rubbing sleep out of my eyes and trying to clear my head.
But in some ways, that’s a good thing.
I haven’t yet started mulling over all the problems and complications in my life. My mind is a clean slate, and that means I can focus on my work. I usually get more done in the first couple hours of my workday than I do the rest of the day, much of it before I even eat breakfast!
So I try to …Read More
Tell me if this sounds familiar.
It’s 8:00 a.m.
You arrive at the office and notice you have a bunch of emails and voicemails waiting for you.
Great. More fires to put out.
You look at your physical inbox and notice several unfamiliar folders sitting in it. At best, each one represents a new action item you need to address for someone.
At worst, a new project.
Then, just as you’re about to roll up your sleeves and dig in, a coworker drops by. He wants to tell you about his evening. Unfortunately, a 60-second summary isn’t on …Read More
Everyone battles procrastination.
It’s a uniquely human trait. We’ll always put off today the task that can be done tomorrow.
If there’s a big enough incentive to act now, we’ll do so. For example, if you develop acute pancreatitis, you’ll probably (hopefully!) jump to action and head to the hospital. Your incentive is to end the pain and avoid permanent damage to your body.
But if the incentive isn’t big enough, we wait until it is.
A perfect example is cleaning the house. It’s not a life and death situation. No one is going to die if you neglect to …Read More
Ever wonder where all your time went?
Ever shut down your computer or closed your laptop at the end of the day and thought to yourself, “Good grief! I didn’t accomplish nearly as much as I had hoped to!”
I’m guessing the answer is yes. If it’s any consolation, you’re in good company. Most people aren’t able to accurately account for their time. They let it slip through their fingers.
That’s unfortunate. Wasted time means less time to do what you really want. It also means less income and more stress. That’s no way to live life, especially when it’s …Read More
That’s what being an info-junkie cost me. If I’m being honest, it probably cost me a lot more.
If you’re on my email list, you already know the story. (If you’re not on my list, fill in your name and email address over on the right to get the good stuff!)
I’m willing to bet that you’re a junkie too. You collect a mountain of information and read every detail before you take action.
On the one hand, that level of preparation improves the quality and thoroughness of your output. If you’re writing a book on golf and …Read More