There’s a lot of bad productivity advice that’s widely practiced. Because the nature of our work changes so much, you might not even be able to spot some of the time-wasters hiding in your schedule right now.
They’re secretly a routine part of your schedule. Worse, they’re behaviors you think are making you more productive but are actually doing the opposite.
Time Management Disaster
For instance, effective time management can be a great thing. But if approached in the wrong way, it can become one of the most crippling productivity sins.
Unhealthy time management hides behind phrases like this: “I have to finish those reports, so I’ll just work through lunch.” Or, “I actually enjoy putting in a few hours in the evening or on weekends. I get a lot done because nobody’s distracting me.”
To squeeze the most out of the time we have, we work around the clock. We’re on our phone at the dinner table and answering emails while lying in bed. It leads to longer days and scarcely any time to rest.
If that sounds familiar, you’re guilty of Productivity Deadly Sin No. 1. And you are not alone. Better time management seems like the key to getting more hours in the day. In fact, most of us assume time management is the foundation of productivity.
The inherent flaw in the sin of time management is that we think by managing time we can make more of it. But here’s the problem with that logic: Time is fixed. It doesn’t flex. We all get 168 hours a week. No more, no less.
But the good news is that, while time is fixed, energy can flex. In fact, we can achieve more in thirty rested hours than in fifty exhausted ones. And I have some good ideas for how to help you do that.
Let Me Show You How
Next week, September 25-28, I’m hosting a free webinar you don’t want to miss. In fact, if you’re a busy entrepreneur or executive, you can’t afford to.
The 7 Deadly Sins of Productivity: The Hidden Habits Undermining Your Performance (And How to Change Them) not only identifies the obstacles slowing you down; it also reveals what to do to finally make the progress you want on your most important projects.
Claim your seat in this exclusive webinar and you’ll discover:
- The No. 1 way to ensure that you’ll have a highly-productive day
- How to get rid of 80 percent of your to-do list (and start getting things done)
- How to finish projects faster—without sacrificing quality
- When to totally ignore your email (and increase your contributions at the same time)
- The quickest way to clear your mind and immediately reduce stress
- When to say no to digital solutions that could actually kill your efficiency
We can’t afford to keep making these mistakes. There’s too much on the line: our health, our personal success, not to mention our relationships.
Which of these seven sins is slowing you down? Register for my webinar, find out, and discover what to do instead. It’s free, but the available slots are limited.
If my previous webinars are any indication, spaces will go quickly. We normally max out, so register while you can.
As entrepreneurs and leaders, our worlds are too competitive to miss a chance to up our own game. Overcoming these seven deadly sins will not only free us to focus on what matters most in our professional and personal lives, it can also give us a critical edge in the marketplace.