Many feel that in order to be truly efficient in their work day, they have to be constantly busy–too busy–constantly moving from one thing to another. They try not to waste a single moment in their day.

However, instead of being more productive, these chronically busy people waste a lot of time. The reality? Productivity is more about rhythm than perpetual motion. Watch this video to learn why.



Action Steps:

  1. Think about activities that you perform regularly. Can you schedule them together to reduce switching cost?
  2. If you’re in a highly interruption driven business or career, make a commitment to schedule less activity in your day.
  3. Take a moment to review the rhythm of your business, and decide which times of the day or the week are best for certain activities.
  4. Schedule time for your Most Valuable Activities during the peak personal productivity times of the day.
  5. Share your perspective or ask questions on this page.

Principles to Learn:

  1. Productivity is more about rhythm than perpetual motion.
  2. The 4 tips to developing your own personal productivity rhythm are:
    1. Consider the type of switches that are occurring in your day
    2. Consider how often you are interrupted in an average work day
    3. Consider the business rhythm as a whole
    4. Consider your personal rhythm
  3. Not all switches are created equal. The more drastic the switch, the greater the switching cost.
  4. The more likely you are to be interrupted, the less you’ll be able to schedule in your day.
  5. Every business has natural ebbs and flows, with better times to perform certain tasks.
  6. Every person has a unique physiological rhythm. By harnessing that rhythm you’ll be more productive.

 


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