We are working longer and it’s burning us out! Most of us respond to the rising demands in our businesses by putting in longer hours. Entrepreneurs end up working 12-14 hour days. This inevitably takes a toll on us physically, mentally and emotionally. That leads to declining levels of engagement, increasing levels of distraction, lack of results, and soaring medical costs as our health suffers. Warning: This is a longer blog post than normal, but I think it will add massive value to your life.
I think there are some inherent problems with the way we view productivity that actually hinders our productivity. In this blog I’d like to look at 3 key assumptions that many of us hold and challenge them. I suggest 3 new ways for looking at productivity that will shift your paradigm. I will share a tool that will help you feel more fulfilled, satisfied and productive than ever before.
Much of what we understand about productivity has come from the industrial age. The focus was on maximising output and production efficiencies. As a result we have taken on three key beliefs that hinder modern productivity:
- Productivity is about getting the most done.
- Productivity is about doing it all.
- Productivity is just about doing it fast.
The current scenario
We have moved to the knowledge and connection economy. Our work is radically different. The current scenario is that entrepreneurs with smart phones are working more than 70-80 hours a week. We operate in the distraction economy that is killing our focus. We are constantly being bombarded by emails, whatsapp messages and social media notifications.
We don’t have time to get it all done. We go to bed overwhelmed. We are stressed and this is affecting our health and personal relationships.
Opting out is not an option for entrepreneurs. Yet you’re not getting the kind of results that you want in your business. You don’t have time for those projects that can really grow our business. You are working more than ever, but accomplishing less than ever.
Your business seems to consume all your time. You don’t have time for yourself, doing hobbies that you once enjoyed. Maybe you can’t even remember the last time you took a decent holiday and completely switched off? This cannot go on forever!
Time for a new paradigm in productivity
If this sound familiar then I’d like to introduce you to a new paradigm called Super Productivity. Underlying this new paradigm is 3 new beliefs:
- What if productivity is not about getting the most done, but about getting the most important things done?
- What if productivity is not about doing it all, but doing the things we love and want to do?
- What if productivity is not just about doing it fast, but about executing with excellence?
Buckminster Fuller said, “if you want to teach people a new way of thinking, don’t bother trying to teach them. Instead, give them a tool, the use of which will lead to new ways of thinking.”
I’d like to share a new tool that will help us in this new way of thinking with regards to productivity. I call it the Flow Matrix.
Let’s look at what it means to be in the “flow.”