Why Most People Don’t Become Productive

(Despite Trying Really Hard)

Viewed in Inc.

Despite the best of intentions, most people struggle with productivity. But what can be done to overcome this?

Inc. contributor Matt Plummer identifies four not so obvious and even counter intuitive solutions:

First, think in terms of high “present value.” This means that investing time up front to establish productivity processes or rituals very commonly saves time later.

Second, even though it may be tempting, cease thinking in terms of perfection in your work products. Perfection “is really a non-goal,” Plummer writes. “Rather, aim to maximize impact,” he writes. In so doing, the allocation of time by priorities generally takes care of itself.

Third, Plummer writes, abandon the idea that developing effective productivity traits will be comfortable. “The most important changes you’ll ever make won’t feel natural.”

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