In the pursuit of high productivity many of us rely on a wide range of tools and techniques to become as effective as possible. However, the so-called 'expert' advice gave birth to several productivity myths. Below we discuss some questionable statements to be carefully considered on self-improvement path in order to avoid errors that will in fact lead to the opposite result.
1. Early birds are more productive
They say, the most successful people wake up at 6 am and have much more time to work than others. But it’s not true at all. It’s better to work at certain time that is most appropriate for you. Exactly, early birds are more productive in the morning while owls reach their productivity peaks in the evening and at night. Trying to make yourself work at unsuitable time only harms your productivity.
2. Sleep is for the weak guys
Each of us needs different time to get enough sleep. Moreover, sleeping time depends on the season, health, stress and many other factors. That is why you shouldn’t deem yourself lazy if you need 9 hours a day to sleep. Don’t cut your sleeping time too much, the lack of sleep not only decreases productivity but has bad impact on your overall health.
3. Being busy = being productive
It looks like you are very organized and productive if you are doing something 24/7. However, it might be false. Trivial and useless tasks aren't the sign of productivity but procrastination, in this case it doesn't make sense to be proud of the everlasting 'workload'. Prioritize tasks and choose the most important one, sort out those you should either delegate or not do at all.
4. Multitasking is the key to success
Multitasking is switching from one task to another at one time. Every switch requires additional time for the brain to focus on the new task. This way of work leads to weak results and a significant loss of productivity and quality. Only 2% of the Earth population are able to juggle several things at one time and to do it very well. So if it has to do with something complicated, it just makes sense to approach such tasks separately.
5. More working hours => greater productivity
It seems that you may complete more tasks if you have much time, however, the Parkinson’s Law tells us that 'the work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion'. For example, if you need to go home at 5 pm you will work harder to finish all planned tasks but if you decide to spend more hours at work you will do the same scope of tasks spending more time to complete them.
At the end of the day we should understand that these myths are not generic for every one. Choose productivity advice wisely and stay away from questionable recommendations.
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