Three Ways You Can Increase Your Productivity
Health, wealth, and love was once said to be the three pillars to a happy life. In order to get these three pillars you need more of the scarce resource of time. Being more productive will give you more time back in your day. The first tip is probably the best tip: finding your best hours during the day to work. This could be waking up at 5 am or if you are like Tim Ferriss working from 11pm to 3am. Everyone has a special time where they are the most productive and bring the most focus to the task at hand.
If you focus intensely for a shorter period of time, and work deliberately, you can do more with less time. The study found that violinists who practiced deliberately for four hours made more progress than those that went for seven hours, but weren’t as focused, and didn’t take breaks in between times of intense focus.
The last tip “batching tasks” is borrowed from the tech world. You can tell a computer to do batch processing or a batch upload where it performs a series of processes that it is programmed to do. You can program yourself to do similar tasks, all you have to do is think about it the tasks before you start them. For example when you are sending emails it’s always a good idea to start with a less important email and then warm up to the important emails because once you get going on something it is harder to stop. It also takes some time to get your mind to focus and warm up to the task at hand.
About Shaun Archer Tatum Shaun works in corporate finance in New York City. He has done financial consulting for several start-ups and has worked at several Fortune 500 companies. He has contributed several finance/investing articles on Seeking Alpha which have been published on Yahoo! Finance.