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As a compulsive Type-A personality, I’ve researched and tested virtually every productivity “hack” and stress reduction strategy under the sun. And after years of research and testing, what I’ve discovered is that, quite frankly – most advice on reducing stress and increasing productivity is horseshit.
Tell me if you’ve heard any of these gems before:
- Limit your to-do list to more than one (or three, or five) important things before (which would be nice if I got to pick and choose what I wanted to work on, instead of having tens, or hundreds of to-dos handed down from higher up on the corporate food chain)
- Ignore the urgent and unimportant in favor of the non-urgent and important (which assumes that I alone, not my team or my managers, get to decide what is classified as urgent or important)
- Check your email only once or twice a day (which, face it, is only realistic if you’re a “lifestyle entrepreneur” or you work for the Amish)
And I could go on.