I’ve posted about how people at the top of their field are relentlessly productive.
But you can’t sprint for miles. There’s plenty of research showing that being a touch lazy might be beneficial at times.
Here are six research-backed ways to get more done in less time by taking it easy.
1) Work Less
Working too hard for too long makes you less productive.
Yes, pulling 60-hour weeks is impressive.
But pull them for more than 2 months and you accomplish less than if you had only been working 40-hour weeks.
(The best system for time management is here.)
2) Go Home
If you’re doing creative work, research says you’ll be more productive at home than in the office:
(More on what boosts creativity here.)
3) Take A Nap
Naps rejuvenate you and increase learning. Some of the most successful people of all time were dedicated nappers.
Via Daniel Coyle’s The Little Book of Talent: 52 Tips for Improving Your Skills:
What you can learn about good sleep from astronauts is here.
Yes, that’s right, procrastination can be a good thing.
Dr. John Perry, author of The Art of Procrastination, explains a good method for leveraging your laziness:
A similar tip is described by Piers Steel, author of The Procrastination Equation:
Dr. Steel says it’s based on sound principles of behavioral psychology:
(Here’s more on “positive procrastination.”)
5) Go On Vacation
For up to a month after a vacation you’re more productive at work:
(Here’s how to improve your vacations.)
6) Hang Out With Friends
Easily distracted? Having friends around can make you more productive, even if they’re not helping you.
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This piece originally appeared onBarking Up the Wrong Tree.