A Trick to Send Your Productivity Through The Roof

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Time-saving apps and hacks are all the rage. We’re always looking for one trick or another save a minute here, and shave another one there…However, one of the best ways to double your productivity doesn’t have much to do with time allocation or time efficiency, but more to do with scheduling for energy.

The cardinal rule for that is simple; Know Thyself. Know your work process. Are you a morning person or a night person? Are you most creative two hours after you wake up? Then don’t schedule a meeting at that time and instead focus on getting some deep creative work done.

Do you suffer from the afternoon slump after having a heavy meal during lunch? How about eating a snack and then eating a proper meal after work? Around 5 pm?

Are you an introvert or an extrovert? If you’re an introvert whose energy drains after meeting people, then bunch all your meetings during the late afternoon instead of the morning…

Scheduling for energy is an art more than a science. And the turbo energy that you have to find a way to trigger and hack is Flow. I’ver written extensively about this here; The Ultimate Guide to Flow.

Once you’re in flow, you enter this cognitive state where the sense of time disappears and your productivity shoots through the roof. It’s like living in an infinite galaxy or something.

In a 10-year McKinsey study, top executives reported being five times more productive in flow. That’s 500 percent so you don’t have to shave that second here and there, because the time that you spend in flow is worth 5 times more. So are you familiar with your process?

Have you tried to schedule for energy instead of time?

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