I’ve written a few articles about productivity, and I’ve read many more. I’m always struck by one particular challenge that seems to accompany these articles. Simply put: We’re all different. And different things help us to be productive. While I try to offer guidelines that are fairly adaptive, I know that most productivity hacks are only going to be right for some people. There’s usually not a one-size-fits-all approach.
As such, one of the best things you can do for your own productivity is to dispense with some of those allegedly universal productivity tricks—to acknowledge that some of the things that work well for others may not work as well for you.
Let me show you what I mean.
Common Myths About Productivity
“The really productive people are the ones who wake up at the crack of dawn and begin their days early!”
Sometimes—but sometimes not. You may find early mornings to be particularly energizing, but then again you may find them to be tiring. You may drag in the mornings, and get your best ideas in the evening. And that’s okay! Try to get your work done in the hours that are optimal for your own creative thinking. You don’t have to conform to any particular timetable.
“True productivity arrives when you reach Inbox Zero!”
You know, if having a messy or untamed inbox doesn’t stress you out, then why mess with it? There’s no need to waste your time on it unless you find it to be a problem.
“The most productive people are always very messy/ very neat.”
I hear this one both ways, which is proof enough that there’s no one right way to do things. Let your desk get messy, or tidy it up at the end of each day—whichever method works best for you.
“Truly productive people don’t procrastinate.”
I know a lot of people who work best under pressure—and they really get a lot done when they run up against the clock!
Find Your Own Path to Creativity
So what’s my point? Simply this: Your best bet is to carve out your own path toward creativity—and by the way, that’s something a coach can help you with. Contact me to learn how I can guide you through your own best productivity methods!
This article originally appeared in Dr. Rick Goodman’s Blog.