If you missed the Productivity Tools you can read the article from last week. Today we will look into some productivity techniques to boost your productivity.
The Pareto Principle
Pareto’s 80/20 rule states that “For many events, roughly 80% of the effects come from 20% of the causes“. And in real life, this is proven true. Again all tasks are not made equal. Instead of juggling between overwhelming lists of tasks focus on tasks that bring most values.
Book Recommendation: The 80/20 Principle, By Richard Koch.
Guilt-Free Leisure Time
No habit emerges without the cue-routine-reward loop. To stay productive for an extended period of time, take breaks. Reward yourself for the hard work you have been doing. You don’t need to be workaholic to succeed, you need to be strategic.
Book Recommendation: Atomic Habits, By James Clear
You need enough rest to function normally. Sleep deprivation will not let you concentrate on anything. But the definition of enough sleep varies from person to person. Know your sleep pattern and act accordingly.
Leave the cellphone away if that keeps you awake.
Reading Recommendation: The Productivity Project – Chapter 25, Sleeping Your Way to Productivity, By Chris Bailey
Every day, sit an hour or half to meditate and play out your day. Morning is the best time for that because, during moring, your mind is clear and capable of constructive, uninterrupted thought. This practice will help you building resilience to stress and interruptions throughout the day and planning the day will let you do more with better efficiency.
Book Recommendation: Wherever You Go- There You Are, By Jon Kabat-Zinn.
Everyone is different. The personality of the next person you are going to meet has a lot to do with the outcome of the meeting. If you know the personality, what they like what they don’t in advance, you are in the control of the room. So always study and research the people, your boss, your subordinates, your customers, your interviewers.
I hope these tips and the tools from last week will help you get more done. Happy reading.