Plenty of people lie to themselves about their own productivity—many without even knowing it. IDoneThis’ chief creative officer, Janet Choi, has some tough love to help you get honest with yourself:
• Activity does not equal productivity. A day filled with online interactions and social media is not productive unless you are getting something significant done. Keep a list of the tasks you have completed to help gauge your progress.
• Focus first. Multitasking does not guarantee successful work. Instead, work on one task at a time, giving it your full focus with faster results.
• Put it on paper. Instead of keeping a mental to-do list, create a list of categories you will be working on during the day. It will provide the structure you need with a feeling of flexibility.
• Do it now. Let go of doing it tomorrow and instead team up with a co-worker who can provide feedback on your progress to keep you from slipping into procrastination.
— Adapted from “4 Ways You’re Lying to Yourself About Being Productive,” Janet Choi, The Daily Muse.