Understand practicality of productivity?

You can’t be 100% productive

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You can’t be perfect in anything (if you think you are perfect, then you are living in a fantasy world). it also applies to to productivity.

You can’t be 100% productive. So many factors influence it, like feeling, type of work, time and so much more things. It is because nothing is idle, there is no ideal person, everyone is imperfect in some sense, there is no ideal time to do something.

How to approach to maximum productivity?

I started with working 30 hours in one week, and now I work+study at least 80–90 hours per week. With “work+study” I mean 100% focus on distractions or thinking about something else.

Some tips to do this:-

  1. Mute your phone or delete all social media accounts. I place my phone in another room.
  2. Work in a dark place:- It’s optional, I like to work in a dark place because I think if you’ll work in a room full of light then you’ll see more things, and you more likely to get distracted.
  3. If you are having problems with focus, then use parmodoro technique to improve it.

4. Use interleaving so that you don’t get bored.

5. I covered other distractions in this post.

What to do first, and what last?

The two-minute rule is a concept put forward in his book Getting things done. If we have a pending task that can be completed in less than two minutes, then we should do it right away. No hesitation, no delay. If it’ll take longer than two minutes, we should write it down on a list to return to when we have more time.

It’s as simple as that.

This strategy of time management eliminates unnecessary procrastination over small chores or tasks and reduces the clutter in our brain that distracts us from the bigger picture.

The 10-Minute Rule

Clearly there are some tasks that we can’t just complete in two minutes. Planning, writing and filming a whole YouTube video can’t be completed in two-minute segments. Writing a thesis would be difficult to complete in 2-minute intervals. Creating a presentation at work is difficult to create in 2 minutes. You get the idea.

However, if we procrastinate over these larger, more daunting tasks, the other technique I used to get started is the 10-minute rule.

The 10-minute rule is simple. If I’m finding myself procrastinating from something I have to do, I tell myself that I’m just going to do it for 10 minutes. No more, no less. Just 10 minutes.

But the power behind this technique goes back to the idea of momentum.

Once I’ve got going, having done 10 minutes, I don’t want to stop, especially when I’m making progress. Suddenly momentum builds up, one task leads to another which leads to another. Obviously, you might be bored after 10 minutes but we don’t like leaving tasks half-done and so 10 minutes quickly turns into 20, then 30 and suddenly you’re making progress.

Some people call this the 30 minute rule, the 20 minute rule, the 5 minute rule — it doesn’t really matter what it’s called, the idea is the same: we’re tricking our brain into getting started because we think we won’t be doing it for long.

Overcoming procrastination is about maintaining discipline, generating momentum, and ensuring that the tasks that you need to do on any day are achievable and manageable.

Despite the advice that I’ve given in this article, I still struggle with moments of procrastination. We all do.




science student who studies 4 sciences simultaneously. interested in technology and preparing to be a doctor.

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Anshul Patyal

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science student who studies 4 sciences simultaneously. interested in technology and preparing to be a doctor.

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