It’s all too common for productivity “experts” to treat “time management” as a silver bullet for improving performance at work. Here’s the dirty truth – time management is overrated.
Think about the top performers in your workplace. It’s common for top performers to have a 10X or greater impact on their organization than average performers. In fact, Mark Zuckerberg has gone on the record stating that exceptional performers are “100 times better” than their merely “great” peers. These are the type of people we aspire to be. Freeing up an extra few hours a day isn’t enough to get us there.
In order to be a 10X or 100X performer at your day job, you need to get 10X or 100X more value out of the limited time you do have. Doing so requires ensuring that you’re working on the highest impact things, in the most efficient way possible, and in a state that will lead to your best work. Here’s how: