Science Improves Productivity

Science Improves Productivity

A Video Summary from “The Science of Productivity”

With the increase in demands on our time, what are we doing about it? Science has shown us how we can be more effective.

1.       Just Start It
Studies have shown that the best way to get things done is to just get started. The video identifies the trend that when we start a project, we are more inclined to see that project through and be more productive with our time. It is called the Zeigarnik Effect.

2.       Recognize and deal with distractions
Once we get started on a project, our mind tends to focus on the hardest part of that particular project and reject working on the project by doing small tasks and “keeping busy”.

3.       Focus and Reward
If you focus your attention on the task at hand, you will be more productive. Seems like a no-brainer, but simply trying to focus will be less effective if we try to focus without giving ourselves a break. Make sure to set milestones and reward yourself for accomplishing those milestones.

4.       Schedule and Document
Plan your day before it starts. Set up deadlines and lists of tasks to accomplish. This will give your structure and goals. This will also help you to break up that large overwhelming tasks, into easier sections to help you move forward. As you track your progress toward these goals, you will recognize all menial tasks. This will also help you to avoid multi-tasking.

By applying some of these techniques, you will be able to manage your time more effectively and get more out of your day. Thanks for reading and watching, now practice practice practice and you’ll be a time management master!

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