Productivity: It’s Not Just About The Hours You Put In
Here’s how you can be more productive in life
Work hours are supposed to ensure that employees get as much needed time to focus on their tasks and create their output. It’s been standard to have 9-hour workdays and 1-hour lunch breaks for decades now. On top of that, it has been long practiced that employees clock in extra hours in overtime to finish their work.
But here’s the thing: Productivity is not based on the hours you put in. It’s based on the efficiency of your work, which is measured by time and quality.
Here are the numbers.
A report published by Time, which is based on 2015 information from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, proves this is so. In the study, it was noted that Mexico had the longest number of average work hours per week at 41.2 hours. On the other hand, Luxembourg measured the shortest work days at 29 hours.
Guess who ranked higher in terms of productivity.
Mexico measured the lowest in productivity from the 38 countries listed. On the other hand, Luxembourg was considered the most productive. In this study, productivity was derived based on dividing a country’s GDP by the average number of hours clocked by all employed citizens, whether full-time or part-time.
Let’s listen to Bill Gates.
Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates said it best. “I choose a lazy person to do a hard job,” he once shared. “Because a lazy person will find an easy way to do it.”
The man heads one of the biggest companies in the world and is constantly on Forbes’ wealthiest list. He knows what he’s talking about.
Now that that’s settled, it’s time to get personal.
So if clocking in long hours does not necessarily result in actual productivity, how can you ensure you’re still a productive person? The first step is to give yourself time in the mornings so that you can get in the right mindset. Do not reach for your phone when you wake up and make yourself breakfast instead.
When you do get in the office, cut your to-do list in half and let go of the little things that aren’t actually of importance. When that’s done, work on your remaining items by finishing the most challenging first—while you still have the brain power for them. And don’t get daunted by deadlines, because you need to take your breaks and recharge, too. Take them when you need to take them without remorse. But be reasonable.