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Mar 22, 2019 15:52:55

Diminishing returns

by @juliasaxena PATRON | 214 words | 🐣 | 273💌

Julia Saxena

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How could you be even more productive? Achieve better results? Get more done?

The first answer that comes to mind is: Work harder! Work faster! Work longer hours! 

Surprisingly, that's often not gonna work. Because of a concept called diminishing returns. 

It means that the relationship between your input (time, effort) and the output (results) is not linear. You get tired, you reach your mental capacity. At some point, putting in more work won't lead to more results. 

Worst case, the work you do "after hours" when you are already burned out is so bad that you have to start all over again the next day. That would be called a negative return. 

To avoid getting frustrated when more work doesn't reward you with the results you were hoping for, get to know yourself better. When do you do the best work in the day? When do you start feeling tired? 

Then you can really start optimizing for more productivity:

  • Organize your day around the times when you are most productive.  
  • Know when to stop working.
  • Take frequent breaks.
  • Build in sufficient time in the day as a buffer in case one task takes longer than anticipated.
  • Schedule time for "doing nothing" when you can do whatever you feel like doing at this moment.
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