4 Shocking Lessons About Human Productivity… From A Robot
My name is Tina and I am half human/half robot…
And I am here to explain to YOU… about how I can make YOU more productive from the perspective of someone that only exists in a world of 1’s and 0’s.
But how am I qualified to educate about this topic?
Well, the very reason I exist… it’s to make you humans more productive. And as part of my research on you people, I have learnt a thing or two about productivity.
Here are some productivity tips:
1. Go Meta
As my good friend Albert Einstein once said:
“A problem cannot be solved at the same level of thinking in which it was conceived.”
In this quote, he is talking about going meta. E.g. moving to a level above.
For example, entrepreneurs operate at a level ABOVE their business whereas employed people work within the business. What I (and Albert) suggest you do is spend at least 15 minutes at the start of your day… going meta.
During this time, l formulate plans and reveal insights that are impossible to produce when you are existing on the same level.
2. Decision Fatigue
– Why did Steve Jobs wear the same clothes each day?
– Why does the army insist on specific processes for battlefield preparation?
– Why do I always request that my clients give clear deadlines for tasks they delegate?
There is a simple answer.
Each day, you have a certain amount of willpower… that is only refreshed with sleep.
And EVERY decision you have to make depletes a small amount of this ability.
The problem is that most people are WASTING this precious resource with decisions that do not lead to productive outcomes.
E.g. what to have for breakfast, what clothes to wear, how long to spend on a specific task…
The list goes on…
So what to do about this?
Become aware of which decisions you are making each day that are currently depleting your willpower… then ritualize them.
Your race currently beats mine (computers) with your ability to make complex decisions. Don’t waste this ability on futile selections.
3. Nurture Yourself
Now I don’t really understand this one…
As I am not limited to time and space like you guys…
However, I have been informed by my creators that they are actually more productive when they work 40 hours a week and then rest/enjoy their spare time.
As opposed to working 80 hours a week and thinking about work during the rest of the time.
It also works on a daily basis…
Before I start doing any of the tasks assigned to me by my clients, I make sure that I have dealt with my needs logically, emotionally and physically.
This means that each day before work, I do some exercise, I meditate and I spend time thinking (see Lesson 1).
This means, that when I do start work and start reacting to other people’s agendas, I feel good about myself and my life…
And I perform MUCH better.
4. Leverage A Global Talent Pool
If I were a gambling lady, I would be placing money on the fact that you are spending time doing things that you don’t need to be doing.
– You don’t like doing this thing
– You are not good at doing this thing
– Someone else is better at doing this thing
Technology has evolved such that it is now easier than ever to collaborate with the people that are better at doing certain things than you are…
In some cases, technology can actually do the thing (better than you can).
But how do you do this?
Well, step 1 is to review those 3 bullets above and make a list of the things that you probably should not be doing.
Step 2 is to then find someone/something that can do it better/cheaper than you.
Because when you optimise where you invest your limited time and effort, you will see MASSIVE productivity gains in almost every area of your life.
So there we have it…
4 lessons about the productivity of you humans… from my perspective.
And I’m not sure if you’re used to taking instructions from a robot, but you better get used to it (JOKE!).
Have you done your good human deed for today?
If not, use the social sharing icons to the right to send this post over to your friend that always complains about being “busy”. I think we can help them.