The Great Productivity Paradox

The Great Productivity Paradox

Becoming more productive does not happen overnight. It requires a constant push of your outer boundaries until they really expand. In general, there are two ways you become more productive:Doing the Same and BetterDoing More. So, to sum it up, becoming more productive means that you become more efficient at what you already do, or become a more effective person who can do more things. Being able to take more work has higher costs since it requires more time and willpower. What is the paradox?

Here are 4 hidden costs of becoming more productive.

  1. It Takes More Time. What if for example you want to improve your physical condition and add workout to your daily routine? It could easily take at least 1 hour of your daily schedule. If you sum up your daily activities (work 8 hours, traveling 1 hour, sleep 7 hours, meals and preparing food, e.t.c.) and you might end up with a maximum of 2 hours a day free for some unscheduled activity. Adding workout to your routine will leave you with 1 hour free time a day or less.
  2. It Drains More Willpower. Becoming a more productive person is related to forming new habits. The latter depletes a lot of willpower. Willpower also naturally depletes during the day – you force yourself to get up early, restrain from external distractions, getting tired over the course of the day. So, it is a limited resource. Mind that and expend your willpower on the right things and for the right reasons.
  3. The Results are Not Immediately Visible. The human nature is to respond to things in the surrounding environment and to expect reward (or result) for a certain behaviour. You need to have clarified your long term rewards in order to adopt new habits. Putting efforts in something without a reward could be pretty discouraging. To help it out, reward yourself after doing something that does not have immediate result. F.ex. drink a cup of juice after a workout.
  4. Finally, Being More Productive Can Turn You into a Robot. Switching from task to task focused on execution does not leave you time to reflect on the results of your work. Reflecting on that is needed for your satisfaction and internal motivation. Becoming obsessed with productivity might have the side effect of making you less productive. The key element is to know “why you want to be more productive”. Thus, you will feel connected with what you do instead of becoming a robot.

How To Become More Productive? As you read, becoming more productive has costs. You must know why you want to be more productive, you must have clear values.

  • Define Long-Term Goals.
  • Pursue Those Goals.

Sum Up LIst.

  1. Start With Your Values. If you are not clear on this, sort it out.
  2. Relate Productivity Goals to Your Values.
  3. Follow that Goals, Every Day. Reflect on how your actions are linked to the long term goals.
  4. Put on More Motivation and Ambition than Before.