Being productive is more about eliminating resistance (drag) than about getting better at anything.
Here are 3 simple practices that, in my experience, will triple your output:
- Do one thing at a time, for a focused block of time (using a digital timer), to the exclusion of all else.
- Check email only once per day.
- Accept no incoming phone calls, and return voicemails only once per day.
And here’s the thing: for these practices to work, you can’t do them halfheartedly. You must be a fanatic. You must bring intensity to the game.
Try it with full-on emotional intensity for one week and see the difference in your output.