October 12, 2023
We all have those days. Days where, despite our best intentions, our to-do list seems endless, and the hours fly by. It's not always about the lack of effort, but certain habits and patterns that slow down our progress.
From my experience in working with founders and navigating my own entrepreneurial journey, I've found that three major culprits often lurk behind most productivity pitfalls. Once I became aware of them, it not only boosted my own productivity but also enhanced the efficiency of the teams I worked with. Awareness and clarity always come before optimization and success.
The top 3 barriers to productivity and how to avoid them:
Decision paralysis is a silent productivity killer. It’s that moment where you find yourself staring at two options, unable to pick a path. Every second spent in this state is a second wasted. To combat this, I've adopted a straightforward strategy. Whenever I face a challenging choice, I ask myself: "What am I optimizing for?". This simple question provides a beacon, illuminating the path that aligns with my overarching objectives.
A piece of wisdom I've always held close:
"More is lost by indecision than wrong decisions." - Marcus Tullius Cicero
In other words, it’s less important what you decide than it is that you decide. Poor decisions lead to valuable learning experiences, but indecision has no value.
In our digital age, multitasking seems like a valuable skill. But, in truth, it's a mirage.
When we believe we're multitasking, we're merely shifting rapidly between tasks, diluting our focus and energy. This "task-switching" costs us in time and efficiency. Instead of trying to be everywhere at once, I've found it more effective to group related tasks and then carve out dedicated chunks of time to tackle them. This targeted approach not only improves the quality of work but also enhances the speed of execution.
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3. Lack of Clarity
Picture this: setting out on a journey with no map or destination in mind. That's what working without clarity feels like. Drifting without purpose, caught up in tasks that might not even align with your broader goals. How do I tackle this? By setting clear, tangible targets.
Every month, I list out my primary projects for the upcoming 30 to 90 days. Then, I distill these projects into actionable, weekly goals. This clarity acts as my roadmap, guiding each step and ensuring every task aligns with my vision.
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Go ahead and try it:
- When indecision strikes, remind yourself of what you’re optimizing for
- Replace multitasking with monotasking by batching and time blocking
- Clarify your goals for the next 30-90 days and turn them into weekly goals.
See you all next Thursday 👋
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