Sometimes we may be so dedicated to increasing our productivity that we take in every new piece of advice without thinking twice. However, some of these tips may actually be doing you more harm than good. Let’s have a look at three of them.
1. Working during Your Vacation
You may have heard that working during your vacation is a great way to get some tasks off your list. This way, when you go back to work, you won’t have such a hard time, right? This is not quite true.
First of all, no matter how many tasks you complete during your time off, there will always be more when you get back, so unless you are really far back on your work that is not a plausible excuse.
Second, if you manage to really unplug and take your mind off work for one or two weeks, it will help your brain rest and recover. This will actually increase your productivity because you will return with doubled strength.
2. Sending E-mails on Weekends
Again, unless it really is an urgent matter and it is something that you should have done already, this may not be a great idea. By sending work-related e-mails during weekends, you are sending two messages: first that you expect other people to be working. This may not pleasant for your co-workers if they are trying to relax.
Second, you are telling other people that you are willing to work on weekends. This may or may not be the case, but either way, it’s something for you to think about.
You may have the feeling that by multitasking, you are getting a lot of work done. However, after working for a while, you may realize that you haven’t checked anything out of your to-do list.
But this is not only a perception issue. Our brains actually take some time to truly focus on a task and achieve a high-performance state (or flow, as you may know). By constantly switching between tasks, you are spending much more time in a transition state and less time in flow, so your overall performance is much worse.
What you can do is get a to-do list or task manager, maybe a mobile app like BubblesPlanner. Note down all of your tasks and work on them according to their priority, one by one. You’ll notice that you can get much more done in a shorter period of time.