It’s probably one of the most talked about topics at the water cooler, people just love sharing their personal tips and tricks for getting ahead in work projects and staying motivated, swearing by everything from a good night’s sleep to early morning exercise, but is there an exact science to boosting productivity? One man made it his quest to try the most recommended methods for getting stuff done better, quicker and easier and shared what he learned along the way.
In the popular 10 Lessons I Learned from a Year of Productivity Experiments post, Chris Bailey highlights the lessons he’s learned from a year of devoting his life to becoming as productive as impossible which included conducting productivity experiments, interviewing the most productive people in the world, and reading a ton of theory on productivity. In his findings, Chris found one barrier to productivity was working longer hours. After spending a month working 90 hour weeks alternating with 20 weeks, he found that longer hours equated to lower quality output. Since the post was published, it seems his findings have been backed up by a recent study which concluded that working longer hours diminished productivity! Find out more about his trials and errors here.