05 Nov The Science Of Productivity
Manage how you think, rather than what you think. Time to dig into the science of productivity.
Charles Duhigg Is Back
For more than a decade CUTESolutions has been helping individuals and organizations develop new habits. Needless to say we turned into raging fans of Charles Duhigg the day he published the New York Times bestselling phenomenon The Power Of Habit back in 2012. (If you have not read this book, I would say: order it here right now, because it’s an absolute must read. You can thank us later!)
The Science Of Productivity
In The Power of Habit Charles Duhigg explains why we do what we do. Next it’s time to figure our how we can improve the things we do. In Smarter, Faster, Better Charles Duhigg explores the fascinating world of productivity. That was basically all we needed to know before clicking the “buy now” button. Learning how to get better at what we do in only 300 pages? Yes please!
In today’s world, managing how you think – rather than what you think – can transform your life.
As it turns out, the big secret of productivity is not about working more or harder. It’s about making certain choices in certain ways. In his book Smarter, Faster, Better Charles Duhigg covers eight domains in which we can consciously choose to do things differently in order to be more successful. He illustrates all eight concepts with narratives based on real-life crisis events (and how they were solved).
Listen to Charles Duhigg on Being “Smarter, Faster, Better.”
A must read for all managers
Without giving everything away, here are my top three insights worth remembering and developing a habit around.
Normally people who tell themselves stories about what they expect in certain situations are quicker to notice slight deviations from the normal pattern, thus quicker in noticing mistakes that are happening. Telling yourself the bigger picture keeps you from falling into the trap of “cognitive tunnelling”. Which, unfortunately, still doesn’t mean talking to yourself out loud is socially acceptable.
It’s no news that setting specific goals is smarter (see what I did there?) than setting big and vague goals. Often, however, SMART goals trigger our love for crossing off things from our to-do list, which makes us feel good in the short run (it’s almost better than chocolate – I said “almost”), but it adds little value to the long-term ambitions.
Your to-dos are choices, not chores
Look at your to-do list with a different mindset! The only thing you are responsible for, is the end-result. You have the freedom not to do some stuff on your list, or approach them in a different manner. Look at your to-dos as choices you made, instead of chores somebody imposed on you.
So be patient and read until the end if you want to know how to actually implement all these wonderful insights. Charles Duhigg reserves an entire chapter explaining how to put the theory into practice.
Oh, and there’s a spoiler for the plot to Disney’s “Frozen” in the book. Don’t say I didn’t warn you…
The only question is, dear reader: are you ready to become Smarter, Better and Faster at what you you do? Please don’t consider this a rhetorical question. It’s a challenge!
Until next time!
Eva (CUTE consultant and facilitator)