People work an average of 45 hours a week; they consider about 16 of those hours to be unproductive.
People spend 5.5 hours each week in meetings; 71 percent feel meetings aren’t productive. Women had an average productivity score of 70 percent, compared with 68 percent for men.
Workers said they receive an average of 56 e-mail messages per day.
The most common productivity pitfalls are unclear objectives, lack of team communication at 39 percent and ineffective meetings at 34 percent – chosen by 32 percent of respondents overall – followed by unclear priorities at 31 percent and procrastination at 42 percent.
Here are the Big Six:
1. Manage Your Mood
If you start the day calm it’s easy to get the right things done and focus. But when we wake up and the fray is already upon us – phone ringing, emails coming in, fire alarms going off – you spend the whole day reacting.
2. Don’t Check Email in The Morning
Why is checking email in the morning a cardinal sin? You’re setting yourself up to react. An email comes in and suddenly you’re giving your best hours to someone else’s goals, not yours. You’re not planning your day and prioritizing, you’re letting your objectives be hijacked by whoever randomly decides to enter your inbox.
3. Before You Try To Do It Faster, Ask Whether It Should Be Done At All
Everyone asks, “Why is it so impossible to get everything done?” But the answer is stunningly easy: You’re doing too many things. Want to be more productive? Don’t ask how to make something more efficient until after you’ve asked “Do I need to do this at all?”
4. Focus Is Nothing More Than Eliminating Distractions
The answer is to lock yourself somewhere to make all the flashing, buzzing distractions go away. Distractions make you stupid. And a flood of studies show that the easiest and most powerful way to change your behavior is to change your environment.
5. Have A Personal System
Your routines can be formal and scientific or personal and idiosyncratic – but either way, productive people have a routine. Great systems work because they make things automatic, and don’t tax your very limited supply of willpower. What do we see when we systematically study the great geniuses of all time? Almost all had personal routines that worked for them.
6. Define Your Goals The Night Before
Wake up knowing what is important before the day’s pseudo-emergencies come barging into your life and your inbox screams new commands. Research says you’re more likely to follow through if you’re specific and if you write your goals down. Studies show this has a secondary benefit: writing down what you need to do tomorrow relieves anxiety and helps you enjoy your evening.
By Eric Barker July 4, 2014
Reprinted Time.com. Full article available in the Blog Barking Up The Wrong Tree