The physicist has Newton’s Law. The shopper has Lemon law. What about us? In the productivity world, we have Parkinson’s Law. What is Parkinson’s Law? The essence of Parkinson’s Law can be summarized into one sentence: Work expands to fill the time available for its completion. What does this mean? It means if you give yourself a week to complete a particular task, you will take a week to do it. If you give yourself a day to complete the same task, you will take a day to complete it. Why? Because if you give yourself more than enough time to complete a particular task, you will increase the complexity of the task and add unnecessary things to it. A similar example … [Read more...] about Parkinson’s Law: How to work faster and more efficiently
Do you have goals? Do you know how you can achieve them? Or do you believe in overnight success? Let’s take a guess at the origin of some of the “success” we seen. Behind every toned six-pack, do you think it comes from a day of strict diet and exercise? Or do you think it comes from months of strict diet and exercise? Behind every successful online business, do you think it comes from a day of launching a website? Or do you think it comes from months of deliberate planning and marketing? Behind every outstanding product, do you think it comes from one day of luck? Or do you think it comes from months of understanding the market needs and constant improvement of the … [Read more...] about Don’t Break the Chain: How to Achieve Your Goal by Growing the Chain
It’s quiz time! How many hours of sleep do you need? If your answer is 8 hours, then you are only half correct. Why? Because everyone is different, and 8 hours of sleep doesn’t apply to everyone. How do you know that 8 hours of sleep works for you? You could need 7 hours or even 9 hours. And how do you know if you do not get enough sleep? How much is enough? How to know if you are getting enough sleep? There are many signs if you do not get enough sleep. These signs include weight gain, moodiness, reduced creativity, and many more. But how do you know if you are gaining weight because of a lack of sleep or because of your diet? Signs like these are hard to measure. As a side note, … [Read more...] about Do You Have the Right Amount of Sleep? Most People Don’t.
Do you find it painful to wake up early? Or rather, do you find it painful to wake up? Most of us have a lifelong challenge with waking up in the morning. Every night, we'll set our alarm at our desired wake-up time and go to sleep hoping to wake up early. But every morning, we'll repeatedly hit the snooze button before struggling to get out of bed. While we face this problem, there are some people who just wake up early. In fact, they love to wake up early. Every morning, they will wake up at the same time without fail, perform their morning routine and go on to have an amazing morning. How can we move from the first set of people to the second set of people? This article will show … [Read more...] about How to Wake Up Early In the Morning Effortlessly
Do you struggle to form habits? Do you feel as if you have to change your personality or change your life to form a habit? Have you ever planned to form a habit but never actually executed it in the end? According to the concept of habit loop, created by author Charles Duhigg, you can actually have fun while forming lasting habits. Instead of feeling guilty about not exercising in the morning, you will look forward to your daily workouts. Instead of regretting breaking your diet, you will look forward to eating the right foods. Instead of snoozing non-stop in the morning, you will look forward to starting your day. And you can do all of that by using the habit loop. What is the habit … [Read more...] about How to Form A Lasting Habit While Having Fun
Why is everybody using a tomato to manage their time? In fact, this “tomato time management system” has been voted as one of the best productivity methods in lifehacker. So what exactly is this “tomato time management system”? Let me introduce - the Pomodoro Technique. Many people around the world have been using it to manage their energy and have better focus. This article will walk you through how to use the Pomodoro Technique. At the end, you will know how to use the Pomodoro Technique and how to obtain better focus and more energy with it. What is the Pomodoro Technique? The Pomodoro Technique is a time management system created by Francesco Cirillo. The basic idea for the … [Read more...] about The Pomodoro Technique and Why We Love It
Multitasking is the root of all evil. If you are an avid reader of productivity or self-help articles, you will come to one conclusion: Do not multitask. Many personal productivity websites have written about the evil of multitasking, the switching cost of multitasking and why you should not multitask. According to research, the cost of multitasking includes a 40% drop in productivity, 50% longer to complete a task and up to 50% more errors. But is that really the case? Do we really have a 40% drop in productivity? The advice of “Do not multitask because it is not productive” does not necessarily hold water in the real world. Let’s use a real world example to illustrate. The … [Read more...] about Does Multitasking Really Decrease Your Productivity?
How many hours do you spend on your commute daily? Do you take a train, bus or car to work, school or meet your friends? How much time in your day is wasted on commuting? Do you know that if you add up the amount of time you spent on commuting, you can possibly take a three-week vacation to Hawaii or even learn a new skill or language? However, most of us can’t do that. We can’t do a 1-to-1 exchange from our commute time to vacation. Most of us can’t help it. We have to spend time commuting. We can't avoid commuting and the time we waste on commuting. Many accept this fact and let the commute time go to waste. However, whether the commute time is squandered is actually … [Read more...] about 6 Ways to Not Waste Your Commute