Is Reading an Article on How to be Productive Really Productive?


We all want it: more time in the day. Whether that time is spent getting work done, being with family, catching up on your DVR, time is a high commodity. And most people have a hard time figuring out exactly how to delegate the time they do have. Do you sleep less? Work more? Avoid personal time? Everyone makes sacrifices throughout their day, and still feel like they have not done enough. Which makes being productive so hard to figure out, because it means something different for each person. An article in Fast Company features advice from some of today’s busiest people on what they do to stay productive. It also lists some different types of personalities so you can identify yourself and gain tips from that particular group. Examples include the night owl where it is suggested to schedule a few all-night sessions a month.

A common theme that popped up in more than one profile was the importance for meeting-impatience. Don’t schedule a meeting for an hour if it’s only going to be 15 minutes.

Senator Cory Booker talks about limiting your choices. “The more you limit your choices, thereby limiting thought, the more you can simplify your life and focus your energy elsewhere,” he says.

If you’re a mono-tasker, limit your email sessions to 2-3 times a day so that it becomes a task rather than a distraction.

Regardless of your work-style, it’s important to figure out what works best for you. Productivity is not a one-size-fits-all plan. Sometimes, what you think you’re doing to be productive is in fact, counter-productive. Reading this blog post, however, isn’t one of them.


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