Over the past two years, we have experienced unprecedented changes in our personal and professional lives. For many, adapting to the constant changes in our work environment has been difficult, to say the least.
Uncertainty makes it harder for us to set, plan, and most importantly, execute our goals. This is where an appreciation of the science of productivity can help keep you on track.
When asked to define productivity, the majority of lawyers associated it with efficiency. This answer is not incorrect, but it is incomplete. We can all be efficient while being unproductive by focusing on the wrong tasks.
In his book, The Productivity ProjectChris Bailey explains that productivity goes beyond managing our time and efficiency.
We also need to focus on how we manage our energy and attention – two key ingredients in driving us to achieve our goals.
For example, when remote working was first introduced, for many it meant not having to go to the office anymore. While we may not have thought much about commuting before, it turned out that commuting had real health benefits who have helped us stay productive.
What may have seemed like a small change in habit at first, had a significant impact on productivity – many of us found ourselves working longer hours and taking shorter breaks.
Here I share three productivity hacks that can help you stay on track to get the results you want.
1. Don’t juggle your priorities, balance them instead
One mistake many make is to compensate for their high workload by giving up activities that take them away from work. So hobbies take a back seat to meetings and calls, and what you find is that over time you slowly wear yourself out.
What many do not understand is that resilience is not about endurance to stressit’s more of a stress recovery mechanism and to build it you need to invest in allocating time, energy and attention to activities that help you de-stress.
Instead of treating these activities as rewards for when we’re not busy (which never really happens), think of them as essential to ensure we’re using our best judgment in deciding competing priorities.