Ben Franklin’s Ideas on Productivity

We recently talked about “multi-tasking” being a complete myth. So, how can we increase productivity in a systematic manner? 

Ben Franklin came up with an approach 300 years ago to change habits, including:

  • Actively committing to the new behavior
  • Using visual reminders
  • Favor trusting relationships. Put your efforts into building relationships with people you can trust.
  • Set very few priorities and stick to them. Two or 3 priorities is the daily limit.
  • Turn down things that are inconsistent with your priorities. Learn to say NO.
  • Set aside time for focused effort. Try 90 minutes of focused work, 10 minute break, then 90 minutes and watch your productivity soar.
  • Break it down. Big tasks are better handled in small increments.

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