August 29, 2012

IF YOU THINK YOU'RE DOING 4 YOU'RE LYING TO YOURSELF:

Work Less to Get More Done (Scott Young, 8/28/12, LifeHacker)

Goals only work if they motivate achievable action. Zig Ziglar used to say goals should be out of reach, not out of sight. If you're not succeeding your daily goals lists at least half the time, you're not stretching yourself, you're just wasting time.

In the spirit of this, I offer two propositions:

1. We should endeavor to know, honestly, how much time we spend working and how much we actually accomplish. Doing a timelog is easier than ever now that there are services which track it for you.

2. Once we know how we actually spend our working time, we should try to incrementally improve it and not pretend that we'll be superheroes tomorrow.

If you do a timelog and discover you're only working four hours a day (which is very common) the appropriate reaction isn't to immediately convince yourself you'll start working eight hours, but to make incremental shifts. Try five or six hours and log yourself again in a couple weeks to see if you've made improvements.

Don't bother.  Your two hours of genuine productivity tomorrow will just be spent fixing hours 5 and 6 of today.

Posted by at August 29, 2012 5:09 AM
  

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