How often do you find yourself reading the next productivity article or the next productivity book.
Do you ever see that all the time you spend reading such productivity tips is actually the time you are not being productive at all. Doesn’t this sound counterintuitive to you?
I, too, have spend my fair share of time in search for the next secret tip that would make me super productive and make me finish my work in half the time.
The truth is, such secrets don’t exist. The only way to get more done in your life, is to actually do your work for more time.
Sure, if you work hard all day, then there are ways to optimize your time and the way you work. But if you don’t do any work at all then no matter how many productivity tips you know of, they won’t be of any use to you.
First, you have to learn to do the work. Get better at it. And then, and only then, should you search for any productivity tips. And that too only if being productive will actually improve the quality of your work and your life.
As for me, the best productivity tip that I know of, is to make your life simple in as many ways as you can, so that you can focus on the most important things in your life.
Make your life at home simple. Make your life at work simple. Those are the only things you need to do to become productive.
And don’t get into the race of doing a hundred different things in one day. You can only do a certain amount of quality work each day.
Respect your body and mind, and respect their capability, and do only what they are capable of doing in a single day. Don’t overload them every day, and you’ll see that they remain faithful to you in the long-term.
You can’t afford to work 14 hours a day for the rest of your life. There is no way your body can tolerate so much work.
Instead, break down your work into small goals, and try to finish few goals every day.
Instead of chasing the next productivity tip, try this for a change : For the next few days, try to simplify your life in as many ways as possible.
For example, if you read 100 blogs a week, cut that down to 10. If you watch 2 hours tv every day, cut down to 30 minutes. If you follow a hundred people on twitter or facebook, cut down to a dozen. If you check you social media or email updates ten times a day, cut down to two.
All these are simple changes that you can apply in your life today. And I guarantee you that you will start to see positive changes in your life within a week.
You will find that you have now more time to do your work, you have more time to spend with your family, you have more time to meditate and read books. And, above all, you have more time to know more about yourself each day.
So, the next time you come across any article that says 21 ways to become productive or a 100 ways to optimize your work, you can read it and get overwhelmed with so many tips, OR you can ignore it and continue with your work, and see for yourself that doing the work itself is the best productive way to use your time.
Life is already simple. We ourselves are to blame if we complicate it. And when you keep searching for the next productivity tip, you yourself are responsible for wasting your time which you could have used to actually do something.
Think about this today. If it makes sense to you, then try to make your life simple for a week, and see if that’s not the only productivity tip you need to know.
When your life becomes simple, you automatically become productive.
Thank you for reading this article. Wish you a simple and productive day.