We’ve all got work to do, and these days the people who can do more work, better than anyone else rise to the top. The only problem is most of us go about productivity all wrong. Our multi-tasking, always-on culture may feel like we’re getting things done, but it’s contrary to the way our brains function.
These seven principles will help you maximize your productive capacity and work better, faster, and more effectively than you have in years:
1. Prioritize Early
Surely you’ve heard it before, but here’s some science to back it up. The human brain requires massive amounts of energy to think through complex ideas. Ever wonder why you feel physically drained after trying to get your head around a big problem?
Prioritizing tasks is one of the most intensive activities for your brain because of the number of complex ideas it must keep top of mind. You have to understand how working late on a project could impact your kids practice, as well as the long term implications of shorting one or the other.
If your mind isn’t fresh it’s harder to make these decisions efficiently.
To make the most of your day prioritize your days tasks in the morning when you’re fresh.