The Easy Way to Get More Done

Bring your focus to just one important thing

Shailaja V
Oct 1, 2020 · 2 min read
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Anyone who knows me would know that I am a huge fan of productivity and time management.

My mind thrives on schedules, routines, timetables and day blocking.

But it was only in July that I discovered a very simple method for actually getting more work done without the constant state of stress or overwhelm.

Trust me; I’ve read so many productivity books and articles that I’ve lost track of that actual number.

However, in early July, one person’s voice and work came into my sphere: George Kao.

And as the weeks rolled by, his voice grew louder and clearer in my head as I re-worked my business strategy, my daily routine and most of all, the way I approached my work and my day.

Kao taught me a very important part of productivity that I’d overlooked: Joy.

The concept of getting more done is always very fulfilling in principle; but it’s difficult to follow through in practice.

Finding Kao’s work helped me understand a core secret to productivity:

Doing every single task of every single day with a sense of joy and gratitude.

Have you ever noticed that we tend to approach things we enjoy doing with a natural sense of joy?

But when it comes to the harder or more challenging tasks, we tend to tense up, our shoulders get hunched and we have a slight furrow of irritation that crosses our brows?

Just learning to notice this, ever 15 minutes, helps you pause, take a step back and enjoy the work that you’re doing.

When you do this, two things happen:

A) The work gets done faster than you’d anticipated

B) There is no more aversion to that task when it comes around the next time

The other key thing to remember is to not overload our brains or our days with too many tasks. When we do that, our mind kicks into ‘flight’ mode and tries to flee the pile of responsibilities.

Take on what you can and when you do so, approach it with a sense of joy and gratitude.

Before you know it, you’ve approached your day and your life with the very simple principle of Joyful Productivity.

For more about George Kao, follow him on Medium or read more about ‘Joyful Productivity’.

Trust me; it’s worth it.

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