Busy, but not productive?
How do you accurately measure productivity? It’s hard.
In our work today we wouldn’t even know what we would measure, because so many people work together in creating a product or service.
However, this doesn’t stop us from trying to look as productive as possible.
👉 Answering emails and I.M’s within minutes
👉 Answering on weekends and in the evening
Being constantly available, constantly connected is a very tempting strategy because it’s often the only way your co-workers can tell if you are productive.
Studies have shown that this exact strategy may make you less productive.
Harvard Business School professor Leslie Perlow tested if being constantly connected really helps you do better work.
In a consulting team that would normally pride themselves on being constantly reachable she ran the following test. Each member of the team had one day off from being connected to others - team members and clients.
Although the team members feared that they would lose clients - their result was clear.
The consultants who took one day off from answering emails and I.M's reported that they:
- Liked their work more
- Learned more
- Had better team-communication
- Delivered a better end-product to their customers.
What can we learn from this?
Cut down on interactions by disconnecting. Even smaller amounts of uninterrupted time on a daily basis will most likely up your productivity.
Most of us are not in a position to change company culture.
But most of us can carve out little islands of undisturbed time.
Ps. remember that your phone does not belong on the table while you are having an undisturbed moment. Just seeing it will take from your ability to concentrate.
👉 If the thought of not having your phone nearby feels stressful to you- take a look at our course here