IF YOU’RE WORKING LONG HOURS OR GETTING UP EARLY BECAUSE YOU THINK YOU “SHOULD,” YOU’RE PROBABLY DOING YOURSELF MORE HARM THAN GOOD.
When I first email Chris Bailey, the man behind popular productivity blog A Life of Productivity, to set up an interview, I am greeted with an auto-reply that reads, “As I hunker down on a few important projects, I’m only checking my email once a day, at 3 p.m. EST.”
It’s the first indicator that I’m dealing with a productivity mastermind.
The 26-year-old Ottawa native graduated from college with two full-time job offers, but he turned both down to throw himself into research on a topic he’d been obsessed with since he was a young teen: making work better, more fulfilling, and more fun.
To do so, he used himself as an experimental playground, testing old and new productivity theories by doing things like watching 296 TED talks in one week, and secluding himself completely for 10 days. He’s compiled these experiments, and the insights he learned from them, into a new book called The Productivity Project.
“Productivity can be so boring, or it can be scary,” Bailey says. “But it doesn’t have to be either. It’s a process of understanding your constraints.” Here are some mistakes you may be making that are keeping you from getting the most out of your workday: