One of the main things I continually harp on and on about is that true productivity requires you to go beyond shallow thinking—beyond thinking about the tricks and tactics that have worked for others.
Instead, you need to learn to think about productivity in a much deeper way, if you want to succeed in the shifting professional environment today.
But one of the problems I seem to encounter time and time again is that people simply don’t recognize when they’re engaged in shallow thinking.
They think all that advice I give about getting out of shallow thinking couldn’t possibly apply to them, could it?
Well, I’ve found that most often it does.
So, in the spirit of clearing the air for everyone, here are seven signs that you might be thinking shallowly about productivity:
- You think being productive is about getting more done.
- You’ve complained that you don’t have enough time at least once in the last month.
- You believe that everyone has the same 24 hours in the day.
- You actually want to get everything done on your to-do list each day.
- You believe that you work better under pressure.
- You don’t have yearly goals written down.
- You’ve recently told someone that you wished you could do something (have lunch, go to a show, etc.) but that you couldn’t squeeze it in.
I could have probably listed a few hundred signs, but I think these seven will suffice.
If even just one of the above seven signs has shown up in your life recently, you, my friend, are suffering from some shallow productivity thinking.
My advice: banish each of these things from your life altogether and put up whatever safeguards you need to ensure they never return; work day and night to make sure you have the right mindset, strategy, and focus required by deep productivity thinking.
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