The prevalence of the 9 to 5, at-your-desk workday is deceptive. It can lull us into the false belief that this is how humans normally work. In reality, there are huge variations in energy level and productivity at different times of day, and in working style. Some people have a burst of energy in the morning. Others are night owls. Some can only think when they’re in a bustling environment. Others require more solitude. The key to maximum productivity is the old adage “know thyself”.
- [Kathryn Minshew] A couple tips I have … for being the most productive version of yourself, … since we all wish we could get more done. … One, is to really figure out when you do your best work. … I think there's a classic expectation that … we all start work at nine, end work at five. … That's the kind of way that it's always been done. … But, for many people, that's not actually the case. … I know people who are incredibly productive in … the morning and then have a slump in the afternoons. … For me, I actually get really productive late at night. … I can just sit on the couch with my laptop … and just crank through things that would be … challenging for me to do at other times. … So, my first tip is, figure out when you, … personally, are productive, then protect that time. … That actually leads really well into … the second tip, which is to put up barriers. … So, for example, it's really hard when you're sitting … at your desk or if you're somewhere where people have … easy access to you, to not get interrupted. …
This course includes videos from:
Edward Norton, Oscar-winning actor and founder of CrowdRise
Kathryn Minshew, founder and CEO of The Muse, a career-discovery platform
Adam Grant, Wharton professor and expert in motivation and behavior
Sarah Robb O'Hagan, executive, activist, entrepreneur, and the CEO of Flywheel Sports
Simon O. Sinek, author of Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action
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