If you want to boost your productivity, then begin by examining your beliefs about time. From the day we’re born, we’re taught what to believe by our family, friends, schools and institutions. These “beliefs” aren’t good or bad, but because we carry beliefs with us from childhood, they become imbedded in our mind as truth.
Some of these beliefs about time management and productivity are actually false, but because you may believe them to be true, they can have a profound influence on how you manage your time.
Once you know what you believe, you’ll be able to understand why you spend time the way you do. When you become more aware of the habits you’ve created based on your beliefs, you’ll be able to make better choices with your time and develop new, productive habits that actually support you.
What are some of the truths and lies about time management and productivity?
Let’s test some common beliefs about time management and productivity. Take this True or False Quiz to see how your beliefs influence the way you manage time.
#1. True or False–Multitasking helps you get more done.
According to Psychology Today, recent estimates are that we can lose up to 40% of our productivity if we multitask. The reason is because we can’t actually do more than one task at a time. According to research by Harvard Business School, we don’t really do multiple tasks simultaneously. Instead, we switch tasks or go from one task to another. In that instant, we’re actually losing productivity because we’ve taken our focus off the original task and it takes time to regain our focus once it’s interrupted.
Studies show that 20% of the work we do produces 80% of the impact and effectiveness. We make the mistake of believing that being busy means being effective. And the busier we get the more multitasking we try to do. According to the research, the result is that if we multitask, we’re actually less effective. So, focus on identifying the 20% of your tasks that are really effective, and do them one at a time.
It’s time to take action.
What other lies about time management and productivity do you believe that may be holding you back? What other truths about time management and productivity are you not embracing? Question your beliefs. Ask yourself if what you believe is truly serving you or simply a belief that you need to release.
Once you know some of your beliefs, you can begin to understand why you spend and manage your time the way you do. As you continue to become aware of the habits you’ve created based on your beliefs, you’ll be able to make new choices with your time and develop new, productive habits.
If you follow the time management truths and stop believing the lies about productivity, you’ll gain control over your time and you’ll be amazed at how much more efficient and effective you can be!
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Next time, we’ll look at Truth or Lie #2
Kathryn McKinnon is a Harvard Business School and Fortune 500 executive coach, time management expert, bestselling author, speaker and CEO of McKinnon & Company dedicated to helping executives, professionals and business owners achieve the best results with their time. More time management best practices are found in her bestselling book, Triple Your Time Today! on Amazon, in her Executive Coaching, Keynote and Signature Training Program 7 Time Management Best Practices of Highly Productive Leaders.
If you want to discover ways to reduce chaos and stress, boost your energy, add structure to your day and explode your productivity, contact her today at support@Kathryn-McKinnon.com for a complimentary Executive Coaching Time Recovery Session to identify your biggest time management issue and uncover some steps you can take to solve your challenge.
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