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strive to increase your productivity. Here’s how;
You may feel you get more done when multitasking, but countless studies (like this one) have proven that people’s productivity diminishes when they engage in this activity.
In fact, multitasking reduces creativity, causes a higher ratio of mistakes and makes it harder to remember important details. We recommend that you work on one activity at a time and nothing else.
Learn to say no.
People often say yes when they should say no. There are many reasons why we do this—like not wanting to disappoint someone. But saying yes to everything puts a huge strain on your time and productivity. Do this enough and it’ll kill the success of your daily routine.
Just remember this: Whenever you say “yes” to a request, you say “no” to something else in your life.
Kill the monkey.
We’ve talked about the dreaded “monkey mind” throughout this book. This is a dangerous mindset where you let the thoughts in your head negatively impact the task you’re currently working on.
The best way to kill monkey mind is to jot down the thought on a piece of paper (even on your to-do list), then explore the idea when you’re not focused on a specific task.
Find the right noise levels.
Some people need absolute silence, while others need white noise to block out distracting sounds in their environment. It all depends on what works best for you.
If you like to listen to music, experiment with different styles until you find one that helps you be more productive with each type of task. Steve prefers classical and relaxing music while writing, but he needs upbeat music when he’s working on mundane tasks.
Manage (or avoid) meetings.
Depending on your work situation, you may not have control over the meetings you attend, but if you do, keep the following tips in mind:
Conduct meetings standing up. You can keep a chair or two in the room in case anyone really needs to sit down, but if the majority of the people are standing, the meeting won’t last long.