I really liked this Productivity book by Chris Bailey. The main reason I enjoyed this is that he did what I’ve been trying to do, productivity experiments, where you add or take something away in your life, and see how it impacts your life. He gave me a lot to think on and to try into the future. My main take away from this book is how using your time wisely when you aren’t working is what impacts the time while you are working the most. He really puts a great emphasis on sleep, exercise, and meditation, which is a no brainer to living a healthy life, but isn’t covered much when we talk about productivity. His ideas of setting time limits for work will change the way I do things. His praise of single focus task management, rather than multitasking, is what I needed to read. Already, I have seen a greater impact on my focus while doing certain projects. I would read this again.
Productivity comes from 3 areas: my time, my attention, and my energy. It is the balancing and strengthing of all 3 of these areas that increase my productivity.
“Rita Emmett, the author of The Procrastinator’s Handbook, summed this up well in what she labeled Emmett’s law: “The dread of doing a task uses up more time and energy than doing the task itself.”
“It’s how much space exists between the cars. The same is true for the tasks you work on throughout the day. It’s difficult to be productive when you try to cram as much into your day as possible, because you’ll inevitably create a mental logjam as unexpected tasks crop up. By simplifying how much you take on, you create more attentional space around your high-return activities, so you can focus on them much more deeply. Tasks are the cars on the productivity superhighway.*”
“Many people forget that their smartphone, computer, and other devices exist for their convenience—not the convenience of everyone who wants to interrupt them throughout the day.”