How to Use Artificial Constraints to Supercharge Your Productivity

What if there was a better way to supercharge your productivity? 

I’ve given this a lot of thought and applied some of these techniques to my own work. We’re often busy, but not really productive, so how do we make a change? 

Parkinson’s law states that “work expands to fill the time available for its completion.” Cyril Northcote Parkinson, the British historian and author who made this statement, was qualified to make the observation. He worked in the British Civil Service and saw first-hand how bureaucracy could impact productivity.

In fact, you’ll see this in action in many office environments today. There is still a notion that we all should be “working harder” rather than faster or smarter. Research suggests that given the standard eight hour workday, most of us are only productive for around three hours!

So, if we’re simply making our work expand to fill the time we have available, maybe it’s time to...

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