Many think that productivity is being busy, working more, or working harder,
but none of them is true. It’s not about having a long to-do list to fill your time or working harder physically. Being productive is working efficiently to get more of your goals achieved while achieving your highest priorities. Managing your time and resources is vastly crucial so you’ll have more free time to do more of the things you love.
In this article, I”ll list the most common myths that may restrict you from maximizing your potential.
Managing your time and resources is crucial so you’ll have more free time to do more of the things you love & spend more quality time with your loved ones.
In this article, I”ll share the most common myths that may restrict you from maximizing your productivity.
1. Working more is equal to greater productivity.
Part of the reason people don’t like taking breaks is that the world moves so quickly. We don’t want to sit still because we may miss something. However, to be more productive during the day, we must have time to recharge.
A study from Stanford University by economics professor John Pencavel shows that productivity declines sharply when a person works more than 50 hours a week. After 55 hours, productivity drops so much that putting in any more hours would be pointless.
And, those who work up to 70 hours a week are only getting an equal amount of work finished as those who put in the 55 hours.
2. You need to be motivated all the time to stay productive.
Motivation might be great for overcoming procrastination, but for most people, it’s not something that we”ll have all the time. If you wait around to feel like doing everything, then you might not get anything done at all.
However, you can always count on your willpower and habits to keep you staying productive. Together with a great plan and worthy task management tool to keep you consistent, you could easily make it into a long-lasting habit.
If you start acting consistently with your long-term goals and values, your motivation might build after!
“Earned success is the best motivator”.
3. Multitasking is the key to achieving more in less time
Multitasking can make you feel productive and effective, but it turns out that our brains can’t do two things at once.
They’re simply not wired to do so. Instead, what we think of as “multitasking” is just bouncing our attention back and forth. That’s why it slows us down as found by a study conducted at Stanford University.
The study proved that people who are prone to multitasking had worse memory, were often unable to pay attention, and couldn’t filter the information according to what’s relevant for a particular goal. Therefore, they were slowed down by a bunch of unrelated information. What was even more interesting is that multitaskers were quite bad at switching from one task to another as well, as opposing what you may expect.
Staying away from these myths is essential to ensuring a high level of productivity. Don’t let yourself be fooled by their seemingly logical advice, and watch out for their consequences. Arm yourself with knowledge, and stay productive!