Key Takeaways from 'The Productivity Project'
'The Productivity Project' by Chris Bailey is one of my favourite self-help books, I read it about a year ago and it's one you should definitely add to your reading list. In the meantime, I thought I'd share a few key takeaways from the book that have made studying productively much easier for me.
# 1. Rule of 3
The Rule/List of 3 is a key method to adopt if you find it difficult to manage your time and tasks throughout the day. In the book, Bailey says that 'To accomplish more and spend time on your highest-impact tasks, you have to act on them on a daily basis.' Which is why the Rule of 3 is the best way to get started;
- First, make a list of all the tasks you have to accomplish the night before or first thing in the morning. From that list choose the 3 highest-impact tasks you can achieve that day. Ask yourself, 'If I could only complete 3 goals today, what would they be?" Ensure that your list of 3 will bring progress to your major goal or project.
Do this every morning to increase your productivity and remember that productivity isn't about being busy and doing as much as possible, it's about achieving the valuable tasks you set out to do.
# 2. Disconnect
Another useful practice mentioned in the book is to take time to disconnect and this is a highly useful method if you find that you waste time throughout your day.
- Bailey's challenge is to disconnect yourself from the internet on all your devices for at least 30 mins. You can do this while you're focusing on one of your 3 tasks or if you want to do some reading at night.
The purpose of disconnecting is to avoid distractions; notice how many times we reach for our phones and spend countless hours on the internet or social media, instead of focusing on our work. This is also helpful if you're working from home so give it a try tomorrow and see how your focus improves.
# 3. Maintenance Day
In the book, the author advocates creating a maintenance day, which means scheduling a day for all menial tasks and chores and thus freeing your time throughout the week. This will also help with mental clarity and staying organised.
- Note down all the maintenance tasks you do throughout the week such as; organising your notes, cleaning your desk space and planning your week. Then schedule a day, I usually do Sundays, to tackle all of your chores to help you get ready for the next week.
So here are my 3 key takeaways from 'The Productivity Project' by Chris Bailey, thank you for reading and I'd advise you to give the book a try, you will not regret it. Please like and follow for more articles and feel free to comment on your favourite productivity tactics down below.