1) Be a Machine
The secret to getting more done is to make things automatic. Decisions exhaust you:
Build routines and habits so that you’re not deciding, you’re just doing. When you first learn to drive it’s 1000 activities like steering, shifting, checking mirrors, braking — but with practice you turned it into autopilot and it’s no stress at all.
2) Sleep is king
Get enough sleep:
3) Checklists are magic
Use checklists. Yeah, everybody says that. And you probably don’t consistently do it.
Harvard surgeon Atul Gawande analyzed their effectiveness in his book The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right. What happens when you consistently use checklists in an intensive care unit?
What makes for a good checklist? Be specific and include time estimates.
4) Beat Procrastination
The two secrets to overcoming procrastination are dashes and precommitment devices.
Precommitment devices take the form of:
These scale powerfully and work well.
5) Mood Matters
As Shawn Achor describes in his book The Happiness Advantage: The Seven Principles of Positive Psychology That Fuel Success and Performance at Work:
And don’t be confident — be overconfident. Overconfidence increases productivity:
This piece originally appeared on Barking Up the Wrong Tree.
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