One big phenomenon that I notice when people have to deal with email is email guilt. To be honest, even I used to suffer from email guilt. So, let’s look at what guilt is and how it can cripple your email efficiency. Guilt occurs when you feel that you violated your moral standards. Guilt can be a useful feeling, until it escalates out of proportion and becomes overactive. Many people suffer from an overactive conscience or false guilt. False guilt always looks for people to please and rules to keep. You won’t believe it, but false guilt can also be shown when it comes to email.
Email can be real work. If you, for example, work in software support or you are a journalist or your job is to send out newsletters, then email is obviously your main working tool. But in many other cases, email can be one of the biggest distractions. And if you have an email client always opened when you’re behind your computer, it can be a devastating thing for your productivity. Thus learn the three reasons why email is so addictive and how to properly manage email to stay ultra productive.
Reacting to every interruption or distraction from your environment is the biggest productivity killer. That’s because it takes 5, 10, 30 or even more minutes to fall back into a working flow every time you’re interrupted (one big study showed it takes 23 minutes and 15 seconds on average). And there are so many interruptions and distractions out there today. It’s insane. In this blog post you will learn how to minimize distractions to stay productive.
Technology is one of the important leverages that can dramatically increase your productivity. But the problem is, it can also kill it. Technology is nothing but a tool. Like a hammer, for example. With a hammer, you can hammer a nail or nastily hit your fingers. It depends on how good you are at managing the hammer. It’s same with all contemporary technology, apps and devices. If you manage the tech, your productivity level increases. If the tech manages you, your productivity decreases.
Make sure you regularly sharpen the saw (take good care of your body, emotions, mental health and spirit) but also put down the saw when it’s time to rest (take enough recovery time). Put yourself first and your productivity will skyrocket.
The flow is a psychological state , which you reach when you work on a task that is a little bit out of your comfort zone, and when you work in complete focus, without any distractions and interruptions. When you work on a task that really matters, you soon forget about the time, your worries, about everything else. You just create and deliver. It’s something we have all experienced, usually during play or during creative or artistic activities. The flow is a wonderful state to be in, a godlike state. Learn how to get yourself in the flow as many times as possible.
The bad news is that being productive is hard. Focusing on the hard tasks it's also hard. It’s pretty damn hard. It took me a decade to train myself to be really productive and eliminate all the distractions and low‑value activities. Imagine improving your productivity like exercising. Beginnings are hard, but at some point, you just can’t stop exercising, especially after seeing all the benefits and improvements. It’s the same with productivity. You need to build yourself a proper system, push yourself out of the comfort zone a few times, and soon you will see the first improvements and results.
Never complain about the lack of time. There’s plenty of time in a day, enough time to do meaningful work, spend time with the people you love, rest, and seize the beauty of the day. And besides that, time was created in order not for everything to happen at once. Don’t overestimate what you can achieve in a year, and don’t underestimate what you can achieve in five years’ time. If you keep the long-term perspective, there’s enough time for everything.
The switch in your mindset that will bring the fastest results in your productivity levels is called going from reactive to proactive time management. What do I mean by that? Being reactive means that you react to every stimulus from the environment, immediately as it happens. Going from a reactive to proactive approach to time management is pretty simple. You just have to decide when, where and how you’ll react to external impulses and communicate your productivity rules with others.
An organization is only as good as its leaders. Unfortunately, great leaders are among the scarcest resources on the planet. In this article, we’ll look at the 5 biggest mistakes leaders make, especially young leaders who take a leadership position for the first time.