Roland has 6 tips to help you be more productive, and he shares them concisely in this bite-sized episode.
They’re each a little bit outside the normal time-blocking and schedule-setting templates and tips we’re used to, but they work for Roland and just might for you too.
#1: Develop an indifferent attitude about things you can’t change.
Just decide not to care. You can’t change these things. They are what they are. Who cares? Stop letting them bother you so much.
#2: Deprioritize the tasks that are stressing you out.
Especially if there’s really no benefit to focusing on them. How we prioritize tasks in time management is important. And you have to constantly re-evaluate tasks you’ve already prioritized to make sure they still make the cut.
#3: If you’re burnt out, take time to recharge.
If you find yourself unable to focus, unhappy, or dreading something in particular, take some time off to relax and do something you enjoy. This will seem like it’s making you less productive, because it’s taking time away from things you need to get done, but you’ll come back more focused and able to get things done more quickly and easily.
#4: Forgive yourself and others.
Forgiveness is important. First, forgive yourself for things not going the way you want. Instead of putting a label on yourself (“I’m not good at this.”), forgive yourself for mistakes and failures. Failure is really the only way we learn how to be successful. If we do something right and succeed, that could have just been luck.
Studies show that, in a culture where people are punished for failure, they’re typically 230% less productive than people in a culture that accepts failure. Forgive yourself and others around you when you/they don’t achieve the exact results you wanted.
#5: Use the scientific method to find your most productive working habits.
Scientists have a control (the way things have always been done) and an experiment to see if it can be done better. Introduce new habits that might make you more productive. Test those out for 30 days and keep the ones that work best.
#6: Create hard boundaries around unproductive distractions.
Set limits for social media and emails. How many times will you be on a Zoom call? Have a schedule so you spend time where you want to spend it instead of letting the world do it for you. Schedule time for yourself (read, relax, watch TV), time with your friends and family, and time for work. If you’ve got all three of these things in your schedule and block those hours out, then you’ll get more accomplished than any other way.
You also need to talk to yourself and review all of this every Sunday evening, and make sure it’s all scheduled how you want it. Then talk to your family or your significant other, and ask if there’s anything on your template you should tweak. Then, on Monday morning, ask your boss or your team if they have any changes to your work schedule.
And there you have it—six not-so-obvious tips to help you be more productive.
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