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How To Have A ‘Two-Hour Workday’, Get More Done In Less Time
By Yap Yen, 14 Aug 2015
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Author and TV presenter Noah Charney shares how he managed to be productive—writing a book, teaching three courses and writing 66 articles—the same year his first child was born. In what he calls the “two-hour workday” plan, he explains how anyone can adapt his experience to learn how to increase their productivity despite having less hours to work each day.
Divide your time into reasonable portions.
According to Charney, the key is to divide your work into blocks of time when you can concentrate without the need for “pharmaceutical assistance”. This approach works for any task, like data entry or doing your income tax.
By dividing your task into digestible portions, you feel more productive when you check off more boxes and it also makes the work feel slightly easier. To write his latest book, ‘The Art of Forgery’, Charney took two months of two-hour workdays to produce a draft.
Have a designated workspace.
For freelancers or those who work from home, you can improve your productivity by having a designated workspace. This can mean going out to a cafe or locking yourself in a room. Many modern offices, especially at tech companies, know that sitting in the same place all day results in diminishing productivity. Instead, they have open workspaces—desks, couches and chairs that are available for their workers to shift locations.
The key is to keep your time and space for work separate from relaxing, social and family time. If you mix work and leisure in the same space of time, this results in a half-hearted attempt at any of them.
Charney shares other tips from writing checklists to controlling your emails. Head over here to read more.
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