As a response to a reader’s request, John McIntyre shares “the secrets” to editing quickly and decisively. Rich Adin suggests reducing time spent on the mechanical pillar to have more time on the thinking pillar. Here, we gathered other tips to improve productivity. Some of them may be counterintuitive or even contradict each other, but given the credibility of the sources we found and how they echo one another, it’s difficult to not try them out.
- Manage yourself. Plan for the day: break down big tasks, set deadlines, and schedule walks and deliberate practice. Listen to a playlist of unfamiliar music to help you focus. Keep a journal to track your performance. Write down your plan for the next day. Thendelegate it to your subconscious and sleep.
- Own your workspace. Whether it’s your physical or virtual workspace, taking ownership by deciding on how it is organized can help boost your productivity. Put something you find cute ora small plant on your desk. Temperature, lighting, andcolorshave an effect too.
- Just start doing it. Waiting is a form of waste. If you have a project in mind, don’t hold back until you get in the mood or meet your muse. Don’t get caught up in the details just yet. Set your fear of failure aside, go make a prototype, and experiment. What’s important is thatyoustart on it.
Go ahead, try these out, and let us know which of them works for you. If you also have a personal productivity tip, don’t hesitate to share it with us.
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