When it comes to productivity, there are a ton of age-old tips and tricks that are easy to fall back on to take control of our time and focus. Yet somehow, we still end up feeling like there’s not enough time in the day – you know?
Here are three top productivity myths that make us think we’re being more productive, when they actually hurt us:
1. Creating a to-do list is the best way to tackle your tasks. While lists help organize your thoughts, projects, tasks to complete, etc. – the act of making a list doesn’t make you productive.
The list only helps your productivity if you attack it correctly. And here’s a little secret … most of us don’t.
2. Multitasking = getting more done. Although some wear the ability to multitask like a badge of honor, research proves otherwise. Researchers found that doing too many things at once – even if one task is much easier than the others – saps your brain strength.Scientist Harold Pashler showed when people do two cognitive tasks at once, their cognitive capacity can drop from that of a Harvard MBA to that of an 8-year-old.
And wait for this …
Another study done at the University of London found that constant emailing and text-messaging reduces mental capability up to 15 points on an IQ test. That’s similar to missing a night’s sleep – and nearly three times more than the effect of smoking pot.
3. “Powering through” a slump. Relying on willpower alone will … not … work. Think of willpower as a muscle – it will get fatigued when you use it over and over again. Every time you make a decision, it’s like doing another rep at the gym.We don’t typically think about willpower and motivation as finite resources that can be tapped and drained, but that’s exactly how it works.
These are just some of the things that are sapping productivity when it counts the most – and trust me, there’s more where that came from.
Maybe it’s time to reconsider the best way to improve your productivity?
In the Escape The Busyness Trap Blueprint, you’ll learn easy to implement principles, tips, tricks and hacks to channel your energy and focus in a way that gets you the most out of the hours you work. (We’ve even dedicated an entire chapter to the biggest mistakes that kill productivity.)