Escape the Productivity Trap

The Productivity Trap

According to Yuval Harari's book Sapiens, hunter-gatherers worked 35 to 45 hours a week, while modern people work 40 to 50 hours, and an average of 60 hours, especially in developing countries. Advances in technology have increased productivity, but we are working more and living more stressful lives.


How to escape the productivity trap?

1/ Use one to-do list

Henry Ford said, "Don't try to be good at everything, be good at the things that matter most." The more services you have to check off your tasks, the harder it is to prioritize. Use one to-do list to get the important things done first. This will help you stay organized and give your tasks a clear priority.


2/ Time your to-dos

Parkinson's Law states that "work increases with the amount of time given to it." Based on his own experience, Parkinson found that work increases in proportion to the time allotted to it. Therefore, to accurately estimate your workload, it's a good idea to break it down into chunks that can be completed in 30 minutes or less. This will help you prioritize your work and manage your time efficiently.


3/ Focus on one thing

In his book, Deep Work, Tom DiMarco found that more than 20 minutes are wasted directly due to losing focus by switching tasks. Therefore, it's important to focus only on the task at hand. Minimizing distractions and turning off your phone and notifications can help. This will help you stay focused and increase your productivity.

By practicing these methods, you can avoid productivity traps and build a more effective work and life.




Written by Useok Lee from Awaken.

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