I have been an insomniac for most of my life. As much as I love sleep, sleep doesn’t reciprocate those feelings and I have tried everything to combat this insomnia. I have lavender everything near my bed, I keep my apartment a bit cold, write in a notebook when ideas strike, read a book, count sheep — I’ve done it all. But recently, I found my insomnia had reached new heights. I was staying up at all hours of the night simply because I couldn’t get myself to fall asleep. I often go through phases, a couple of weeks here and there, when my sleep quality just plummets (more than usual). But this phase didn’t seem to have an end in sight, so I knew I needed to make some changes.
When it comes to productivity, there is no one-size-fits-all model (as with most other things in life). What works for me, might only hinder your efficiency, and your optimal processes might just confuse me. We all need to take the time and a little trial and error to figure out what works best for us as individuals. Carson Tate, author of Work Simply, has put together a quiz to help us figure out our personal productivity styles and what tips and tricks will work for us.
How much time do you spend on your smartphone each day? Most of us might think that the accumulative time of checking email, reading social media updates and playing the occasional game doesn’t take too much time out of your day. But when Adrian J. Hopkins of The Muse made the decision to use his phone less, he found out that he spent an average of 194 minutes (or 3 hours and 14 minutes) on his phone each day.
How much time do you spend on a single task? Smaller tasks, like replying to an email, might take just a couple of minutes. But larger tasks, like writing a blog post, could take almost an hour. However, The 10-Minute Rule dictates that every task on your to-do list should take you 10 minutes or less.
There is no quick fix to boosting productivity. There are levels, steps and a lot of trial and error that goes into figuring out which tactics are right for you. Seth Godin has recently outlined a very simple way to boost productivity, and he says it’s as easy as giving yourself a promotion. He calls it the Productivity Pyramid, which comes with several steps that will ultimately get you to a place where you are the one calling the shots.