How many articles have you read that start with:
Top 10 ways to boost productivity
5 rules of productive week
12 tricks to increase productivity
9 habits of productive people
You can be honest now. By typing in “productive week” to google I get over 106 000 000 results. Can you image, there are at least million different spins on the term. The truth is, even I have read at least hundreds of them, praying for a more productive week, but it doesn’t happen. With every other article I do get a lot of new knowledge, learn new tricks and get acquainted with new tools, but this does not seem to be the key.
So I wonder, what is the true key behind the magical productive week?
Does the key really rely on these articles?
If I do everything that has been said and use all the tricks proven to work for successful leaders, do I then achieve the productive week? Probably not. According to a Gallup survey, 71% of employees are disengaged in their work, wasting money and time. Kym Quick, CEO of Clarius, has said that on average employees have 26 percent of daily unrealized productivity capacity. All survey results point to one thing – constant lack of productivity.
Well, I am not trying to undermine the quality aspects of these articles. They provide guidance and I do not hesitate that many of these are written on a basis of rich research. What I am trying to figure out is how to get past of this black hole we’ve been standing in. How could we reach our full potential. I personally don’t believe in solving complex situations with even more complex equations. That is what made me think of the two productivity truth’s that everyone should acknowledge:
1. You have exactly 1440 minutes in your day. Not more, not less.
“Well, this is not a new fact”, you might think. But have you really ever thought about time, the only resource that we do not control yet. Because if you really have shared a thought about it, then why aren’t you working and why are you spending time searching for a quick solution for your productivity problems.
Every successful entrepreneur, CEO, manager, leader has the exact same amount of time, not a second more. It is how you choose to spend it. There are no limitations for you to achieve the same as Steve Jobs, Oprah, Mark Zuckerberg or whoever you look up to.
2. There is an ever-rising tidal wave of information. It keeps on growing.
Even if you were a superhuman, you couldn’t possibly read all the books, articles, posts that are on the beloved world wide web. Each second, new content is created and there is an ever-rising tidal wave of it. I can bet that for every article or perspective we could find another article or perspective that states the exact opposite. Just type in any kind of search word and discover what happens. Have you ever reached the tenth page of Google search? At some point, decisions need to be made because it is impossible to know everything. Don’t get me wrong, reading is important but so is your time.
The only truths you will ever need to know is that with the limited time you have in your possession, it is impossible to get all the information. Stop slacking, start working and start taking risks. Know what needs to be done, write it down and accept the fact that there is no perfect way. There are so many wonderful tools out there, to help you stay in track. Whether it is a to-do list, excel sheet, online weekly reporting tool like Weekdone – find your way and start acting.
The Only 2 Productivity Hacks You Will Ever Need to Know