Hey, what is going on, guys.
So on this channel, we have covered lots of not-so-subtle
and pretty obvious productivity flaws
that a lot of us are guilty of having.
Things like constantly getting distracted multitasking, all that kind of stuff,
but today, I wanna talk about five things
that you may be doing
that are subtly and secretly killing your productivity
just as surely as all those obvious things.
An alternate title for this video, to be quite honest, could be
Five Things That I Am Doing That Are Killing My Productivity,
because this is sort-of a video we sat down
and wrote to me and a couple of good friends,
and I just kind-of asked them like
“What do I do that makes me a less productive person?”
And the first thing we’re gonna talk about here is probably
my number one flaw when it comes to my professional life,
which is perfectionism.
I constantly overthink things
and I have this tendency to wanna
tweak things again, and again, and again,
and if this went unchecked and I was allowed to do this,
I would probably never actually publish anything,
and actually, for a really long time,
about five years ago,
my business stagnated for about a year and a half,
and part of the reason for this was that
I didn’t have myself on a strict publishing schedule,
so I would allow myself to
just kind-of tinker for months on one project
without actually getting it out.
And then, around August of 2014,
right around the time I actually started doing YouTube,
I put myself on a strict publishing schedule.
I told myself, “I am going to put out one podcast episode,
one video, and one blog post every single week,
regardless of whether or not they are perfect.”
and as a result, my business actually started to grow.
And another huge benefit to doing this was that
after I published 10 or 20 videos,
none of which were perfect,
but all of which were actually published in a timely manner,
I started to realize that
my view of perfection was something that
I could have never attained at the start.
And this whole idea of doing a lot of work to gain skills over time,
而这个观点 即在工作过程中通过大量的练习 随着时间的推移
through learning and through mistakes,
is reminiscent of a story in the book “Art and Fear”
about a ceramics teacher who divided his class in two.
One half of the class was told that
they would be graded on the quality of a single pot,
while the other half of the class was told that
they would be graded on the quantity of pots
that they created by weight.
And something interesting happened at the end of that class.
All of the objectively best pots that came out of the class
were created by the quantity group and not the quality group.
See, while the people in the quality group spent so much time
theorizing about what would make the perfect pot,
all the people in the quantity group spent time actually making pots,
and through making mistakes over time,
they got better than the quality group could have ever hoped
to get through pure theory alone.
So, if you’re like me,
if you struggle with perfectionism in your work,
then put yourself on a schedule.
Give your projects deadlines
where you have to put them out into the world
or put them away and move onto the next one.
Alright, so the next bit of dirty laundry that I’m gonna air out here is
what I like to call organizational sludge.
These are the tasks in your task management system
that haven’t gotten done,
that have been overdue for two weeks.
They’re the stuff that’s been laying on your desk
or in your inbox for weeks that you haven’t processed yet.
Basically, over time, any organizational system or area in which you do your work
is gonna get a little bit messy, just bit-by-bit,
until it starts to sap your efficiency.
It’s kind-of like that story of the frog sitting in slowly boiling water,
which, actually, is that true?
Okay, it’s definitely not true, but the metaphor still holds.
好吧 当然不是 但它的喻指依然是站得住脚的
In this story, the frog is basically a-okay with the water
as it gets hotter, and hotter, and hotter until it dies,
and it’s the same with your organizational systems.
You don’t realize that things are getting kind-of crusty over time
until you start really losing efficiency.
So, what I like to do is have an organizational day
every single week where I look at my systems,
I look at my task management system,
I look at my calendar, I look at my room,
my inbox, my backpack, and I ask myself,
收件箱 背包 然后问自己
“How can I reset this back to a usable state?”
Alright, item number three on my list is
taking inspiration from too many sources,
either online, or authors, or whatever it may be.
无论是通过网络 作者 还是其他渠道
And this is something I really struggle with.
So, for example,
on of the people I love following on Instagram and YouTube,
and in many other places, actually, is Gary Vaynerchuk.
I take a lot of inspiration from him
and I really look up to him as a creator.
But at the same time, I also really like
people like Peter McKinnon, and Liza Koshy, and Cal Newport,
彼得·迈金农 丽莎·科谢 和卡尔·纽波特
people who put a lot of time and artistic energy
into singular pieces of work that take a really long time to produce.
So, I’m admiring these people over here
and I’m striving to be like them,
but on the other hand,
I’ve got Gary telling me I need to put out more content,
content every single day.
Put stuff on Instagram, and Snapchat, and Musically,
在Instagram Snapchat Musically
and YouTube, and I can’t do both, and that’s the problem.
和YouTube上 我不能两者兼顾 这就是问题所在
I’m following all these people online
and I feel like I can be like all of them,
but when I step back and I really think about it,
Gary Vaynerchuk is very successful,
Liza Koshy, very successful,
Cal Newport, very successful,
but Gary Vaynerchuk does not have the life of Cal Newport.
He’s not doing new and original research into computer science,
and by the same token, Cal Newport is not spending his time
making incredibly polished comedy videos.
He’s teaching students, he’s writing books,
and he’s doing research,
and he’s definitely not building a Snapchat empire.
So, at the end of the day, I need to realize that
I could really only be great at one,
or at most, a very small group of things.
I can’t be just as good at everything
as all the people I’m following online are,
because they’ve kind-of chosen their lanes
and they’re staying in them,
and I kind-of have to do the same if I wanna keep doing really good work.
And before we move on to the next item,
I do really wanna mention that another very related point here is that
it’s very easy to try to please everyone,
and when you’re trying to please too many people, people who have lots of different desires,
you’re gon na spread yourself too thin,
just as you would if you were trying to follow too many influences.
So, whatever the kind of work you’re doing is,
remember that at the end of the day,
you are the ultimate authority as to the direction that it should go in.
Alright, item number four on our list is
believing that you are the exception to the rule.
What is the rule?
Well, the rule might be
you need to sleep seven hours a night,
or you need to close all of your tabs,
and slack, and your instant messenger
when you’re writing a paper on your computer.
Or, like we just talked about in the previous tip,
that you can’t be just as great as
all the diverse online influences that you follow.
And again, this is a huge problem for me.
I run a self-development channel,
and I constantly tell people that you have to focus, that you can only be great
if you have a few objects that you’re pursuing,
tell myself, or at least, like,
there’s this little part of my brain that constantly tells me,
“Yeah, but you’re the exception.”
“You can do all those things,
as long as you figure out the most efficient learning techniques out there,
you can do them because you’re good enough.”
And that’s not true, that’s just self-dellusion.
That’s just me fantasizing and trying to turn it to reality,
and that’s a fruitless pursuit.
So, whether it’s my particular problem of spreading myself too thin,
or it’s believing that you could pull and all-nighter,
realize that no, you are most likely not the exception,
and that you should probably follow the established best practices
for whatever you’re trying to do.
And that brings us to our final subtle productivity killer,
which is the refusal to acknowledge and adapt to delays in your work.
This is actually something that my friend Martin said was an issue for him,
but when he said it in the car when were talking about it,
I realized that this is also an issue for me.
Essentially, when I plan to do something and I hit a delay,
通常 当我计划着做某件事的时候 我会拖延一段时间
or something comes up and interrupts my work,
or takes longer than expected,
the next day, I’ll often wake up
and sort-of trick myself into believing that
I can do everything that didn’t get done from the day before,
while still doing everything that was planned for today.
And Martin put it really well.
He said, “You have to realize that
if you have a delay in your work,
then where you are right now is your new starting point.”
Regardless of what you may tell yourself,
you can’t do everything from the day before and all of today’s stuff.
If you didn’t get it done yesterday,
why do you think today is going to be any different?
Now, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t work hard
and try to catch up if you can,
but the problem is, a lot of us beat ourselves up
when we can’t catch up like this,
and then we end up just getting further and further behind.
So, instead, try to be flexible.
Adapt to your new starting point, rework your plan, and move forward.
Additionally, if the delay was caused by your own procrastination,
or some productivity failing on your part,
don’t beat yourself up about that, either.
Consider that the first mistake, and as James Clear would say,
当你犯了第一个错误的时候 就如詹姆斯 克利尔所说
“What you want to avoid is the second mistake,
the one that starts a trend.”
As long as you can hop back up in the proverbial horse and keep riding,
then that one mistake isn’t really gonna hurt you in the long run.
After all, making mistakes is an essential part of growth,
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