Three Strategies to Boost Your Personal Productivity

“So the myth is multitasking is more efficient.” – Dr. James Bryant 

In this episode of Engineer Your Success Podcast, Dr. James Bryant shares about ways to help individuals become more productive and efficient. Dispelling common myths about productivity, such as working longer hours resulting in higher productivity, and multitasking being the most effective way to get things done, Dr. Bryant introduces three proven strategies for achieving success at work and at home. He delves into the importance of focusing on one task at a time instead of multitasking, time blocking your schedule, and taking time to sharpen the saw.

Let’s dive in!

[00:00 – 04:27] 3 Proven Strategies to Boost Productivity

  • Discussing productivity concepts and mental fitness 
  • Three proven strategies to improve personal and professional productivity 
  • Strategies can help you win at work and at home

[04:28 – 09:10] Debunking the Myths: Working Smarter Not Harder is the Key to Productivity

  • Being busy and being productive are two different things
  • Productivity involves focusing on tasks that add value towards completing long-term objectives or goals
  • Working longer hours does not guarantee higher productivity
  • Working smarter, not harder, can help you get more done without sacrificing well-being
  • Multitasking is not as effective as we think

[09:11 – 14:18] The Myth of Multitasking: Harness Your Focus to Increase Efficiency and Productivity

  • Multitasking is not necessarily an effective approach for achieving goals or objectives
  • Studies show that most people are poor at multitasking and that it can lead to decreased performance and increased fatigue
  • Focus is defined as the present center of interest of an activity
  • Multitasking decreases time and efficiency
  • Power lies in focusing attention and being present with the current task
  • Limit the number of tasks to focus on, use time blocking, and block off important tasks in your schedule

[14:19 – 19:01] Maximize Your Focus and Master Your Priorities with Warren Buffett’s Two List Strategies

  • Warren Buffett’s Two List Strategies is an article by James Clear on how to maximize focus and master priorities
  • Write down 25 goals related to the topic of focus
  • Circle/highlight the top 5 most important goals
  • Focus solely on the top 5 and take no action on the bottom 20 until those top 5 are completed
  • Eliminate tasks that are not useful or that are a distraction from stated objectives

[19:02 – 22:42] Closing Segment

  • Ask yourself “What is the one thing that you can do such that by doing it everything else will become easier or unnecessary?”
  • Prioritize tasks and focus on one thing at a time
  • Connect with James (links below)
  • Parting Notes

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That one thing, question, to help you begin to filter and prioritize how you’re going to approach improving your productivity.” – Dr. James Bryant 

Remember to focus on one thing at a time.” – Dr. James Bryant 

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