How being overly productive is counterproductive
Most of what we believe about productivity, isn’t true at all: Jam packing schedules, and working 24 hours a day, non-stop, are actually counterproductive to maximizing productivity. So we decided to debunk 5 myths, that we think make us more productive, but actually slow us down. Keep reading to stop overworking, maximize productivity, and use your time more efficiently.
1. Myth: More hours= More work done
Most of us think the more hours we put in, the more work we get done. But research shows that work output decreases significantly after a 50-hour work week. Futhermore, those who work more than 70 hours a week, don’t pruduce any more than people who work 55. So, the next time you contemplate sitting at your desk for 70 hours a week, think again; you could actually be losing time.
2. Myth: Easy work first, harder work last
A lot of us like to get our small to-do’s out of the way first, before tackling the harder tasks. But, research suggests, it’s better for us to complete our larger, more difficult tasks first, when we’re at our most creative and prepared. Flip your to-do list around, saving the less-intensive tasks for last, and see if you notice the change!
3. Myth: Multitasking means multi-efficiency
Just because you can take a conference call, respond to emails, and complete data entry all at once, doesn’t mean you’re doing it right. Managing multiple projects can complicate your thought process, and increase the amount of time it takes to complete just one task. Stop making yourself a scatter brain, by prioritizing your to-do list, and focusing on one task at a time.
4. Myth: Pressure always makes diamonds
This may hold true in the jewelry industry, but not so much in the office. I know a lot of people who believe the more pressure they are under, the easier it is for them to lock in and focus. But in actuality, pressure causes stress that can lead to worrying, lost focus and less productivity. How can you possibly complete a 10 page proposal, when all you can think about is your lack of time or the next task on your to-do list. Rid yourself of unnecessary pressures, by taking breaks, asking for help, and using good time management.
5. Myth: Breaks are your worst enemy
Whenever we get in a slump, we think the best way to solve it, is to just push through our misery, and take a break when we’re done. Research suggests however, that planned breaks can increase learning and development, hence creating a more valuable and final product. This doesn’t mean stop every five minutes to peruse Facebook, instead, get away from your desk, walk around the outside, or walk the stairs and listen to music.
Again, stop overworking yourself like a mad-man, it’s not as effective as you think. Switch up a few of your habits from the afore-mentioned myths, and you’ll see the change your productivity in no time!