‘Productivity’ isn’t just for over-driven ‘yuppies’ and fat cats! The concept may have been co-opted by the over-zealous professional self-development industry, but folk with a more spiritual approach to life and work still need to get things done, too. At its simplest, productivity means getting more done, better.
A combination of unresearched productivity tips and straight-up bad habits could be inhibiting your ability to fulfil your daily tasks to the level you ideally demand of yourself. Thankfully, the team at Quid Corner have taken the trouble to produce a new guide of scientifically-verified things not to do if you wish to be more productive.
For example, some so-called experts have suggested that getting up at the break of dawn is sure to equip you with whatever you need to be your best self. Well, maybe so – but it doesn’t work for everybody. In fact, Céline Vetter, an assistant professor at the University of Colorado at Boulder, reckons that 80% of us have to deal with a clash (perhaps unknowingly) between our work schedules and our unique internal clocks. A lot of that percentage is accounted for by shift workers but still – if you need an alarm clock to get you going, your sleep regime is not optimally aligned.
Other issues come about because of our own assumptions about what would make us more productive. Doing two things at once, for example.
Hint: the brain wasn’t designed for this, whatever your gender!
Sometimes we see an opportunity to get more than one thing done at once, and consciously follow it. But the standard of work achieved is usually compromised. It’s better to schedule. Other times we just find ourselves juggling several tasks at once. If that sounds like you, try meditation to still your mind.
For more misguided advice on productivity – and scientifically-guided advice on what to do instead! – check out the infographic below.