Give me a lever long enough and a fulcrum on which to place it, and I shall move the world. ~Archimedes~
Being productive is every person’s most cherished wish-come-true. One that is reflective of what Archimedes famously said in the third century BC, quoted above.
The point remains, how do you know you can be productive?
I was looking for some adrenalin-boosting productivity tips thanks to the Internet, when I came upon this Business Insider story that promised 9 ways of becoming insanely productive.
The heading is too luring to ignore, so I glanced through the 9 TED talks that the article referred to.
And while doing so I told myself why not be a bit productive and put them together in one place such as in this article, instead of making it tedious to go through a series of BI posts?
1. Adam Grant’s Tip on Being ‘Original’
The greatest originals are the ones who fail the most, because they’re the ones who try the most.
Elaborating more on that Grant says, when you produce more ideas it means more variety, and this gives you a better chance of stumbling on something truly great.
For me Grant is very inspirational, and I love his productivity tip that no matter what, it’s good to produce more ideas even if some of them fail.
2. Shawn Achor’s Tip on Being Happy
A celebrated author and CEO of Good Think Inc., Shawn Achor is a long-time researcher on how the human potential, success, and happiness intersect.
According to him,
The common belief that we should work to be happy is misguided. Instead happiness inspires productivity.
Happiness is a remarkable stress reliever as there is less pressure to ‘prove’ your worth. Happy and content people are able to do more even in limited possibilities.
3. Nilofer Merchant’s ‘Got a meeting? Take a walk.’
A business consultant, Nilofer recommends forgoing coffee meetings or fluorescent-lit conference room meetings in favor of walking and talking 20 to 30 miles a week.
According to her:
You’ll be surprised at how fresh air drives fresh thinking.
She further says, when you do that way, you’ll bring into your life an entirely new set of ideas.
4. Yves Morieux’s Tip on Cooperation
As a senior partner at the Boston Consulting Group, Morieux believes that the only way to solve brand-new problems every day is to cooperate with others.
To cooperate is not a super effort, it is how you allocate your effort.
He thinks it is important to make a super difference in the performance of others, with whom we are compared.
5. Sleep Well, Says Arianna Huffington
For Huffington, the co-founder and editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post,
A good night’s sleep has the power to increase productivity, happiness, and smarter decision-making.
I urge you to shut your eyes and discover the great ideas that lie inside us, to shut your engines and discover the power of sleep, she says.
4 More Productivity Tips for Boosting Your Abilities
If the 5 above are rather holistic in nature, the following 4 productivity hacks culled from here will certainly appeal to you for being more realistic.
I) Quit multitasking.
Instead, make a habit of committing to a single task before moving on to your next project.
II) Give up on the illusion of perfection.
It’s better to move on, and if need be, come back and adjust or improve it later.
III) Take exercise breaks
According to a study published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine,
So, build in set times during the week for taking a walk or going to the gym.
IV) Work in 90-minute intervals
Researchers at Florida State University have found,
They also found that top performing subjects tend to work no more than 4.5 hours per day.
Pushing the bar bit by bit beyond what you’re achieving at any given time is an interesting objective to pursue for most of us. The only confusion is about the ideal productivity formula that actually works.
Leave your comments below, and tell us about your favorite productivity tips and hacks.