Last time I introduced you to a Time Management Quiz and we discussed the first of 7 Truths & Lies about Productivity.
I shared that contrary to popular belief, multitasking does not help you get more done. The truth is you can lose up to 40% of your productivity if you multitask. Here’s the link to the article if you missed it. https://www.kathryn-mckinnon.com/?p=3580 Let’s move on to question #2…
#2. True or False–Working more hours will increase your productivity…You can get more done if you just work harder.
Let’s examine if this is true or false.
The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, (OECD) tracks the workplace productivity of more than 30 advanced and developing countries. Their research discovered some interesting facts about productivity. For example, the average American works almost 1,800 hours a year, a little more than the OECD average and makes about $40,000 in disposable income, which is more than most other countries. And America’s productivity is pretty high on average.
In Mexico, people work more hours than the OECD average but they make less and produce less. In South Korea, people also work more hours and are less productive. Workers in Greece put in more time than the OECD average but they’re also less productive. Russians also work more on average but they don’t make as much and they produce even less.
Yet in France, people work fewer hours and they produce more than average. While in Germany, workers produce even more and work even less than the OECD average.
So in this Time Management Quiz, what’s the truth and what’s the lie about Productivity?
We’ve been taught to believe that if we just work harder or put in more hours, we’ll be more productive…but based on this research, that’s a false belief.
It’s not true.
The truth is you don’t need to work harder. You need to work more efficiently with your time. If you track your time, if you evaluate and measure how you do things, see if you can manage tasks in fewer steps, in less time, and with less effort by leveraging your time and creating productive habits and systems, then you’ll do the right work in less time and you’ll accomplish your goals.
It’s not the number of hours you put in or how hard you work that matters. What matters most is the quality of time you spend at work and how you spend the time you have.
It’s time to take action.
Your beliefs influence 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. Think about it, when you become more aware of the habits you’ve created based on your beliefs, you’ll make better choices with your time and you’ll be able to develop new, productive, supportive habits.
What other lies about time management and productivity do you believe that may be holding you back? What other truths about time 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.
If you follow these 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!
Please comment and let me know what you think.
Next time we’ll continue with question #3-Timing your Productivity.
How would you like to gain an extra hour of productive time each day?
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