One thing I’ve learned from working with people at Google is that productivity is a skill that can be honed. Fundamentally, it’s about creating positive work habits that are realistic to maintain year-round, regardless of whether you’re an experienced executive or just starting your career.
As many of us learned over the past two years, being productive can be really hard when the unexpected happens. That’s why having some core productivity skills to fall back on is so important to help you manage all the moving parts of life. With that in mind, here are four of my favorite productivity tips to take into the new year:
We’ve all been stuck in a negative cycle of procrastination when faced with a large, difficult, or time-consuming task. Facing the task head-on seems too daunting and can provoke feelings of anxiety, so we instead put it off for later and focus on other less-urgent items. As the deadline approaches, we become even more anxious, compounding procrastination further.
Aside from the obvious downside of missing a deadline, procrastination comes at our own expense by preventing us from using our time efficiently. One way to prevent procrastination is by identifying your “power hours“—the blocks of time when you’re most productive—and arranging your demanding tasks for that time. For example, I personally find I’m most productive in the morning from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m., before meetings and emails require more…