Top #3 Hinderers of Working Speed

Want to improve your working speed?

Here are 3 things that really drag down our speed.

And what we should do.

1) Perfectionism

It’s human nature that we all want to be the best. But being best is impossible because in reality, nothing is perfect.

But still, we still try to aim for it.

The problem is, the leap of getting from “exceptionally good” work to “near-perfect” work is HUGE and extremely time-consuming. Would you rather to create 2 pieces of awesome work or 1 unbelievably awesome work, it might sound obvious to take the latter but…

…if you take into account of the time cost, it’s not worth it at all.

The point is, don’t aim for perfectionism. Instead, just do exceptionally well and that’ll be good enough.

“Always aim for the Moon, even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.”  ― W. Clement Stone

Of course, you’d want to aim for the best, but that doesn’t mean you MUST get to the best.

2) Distraction

It’s obvious.

But it’s more often said than done.

Here are some specific ways to cope with that:

  • Unplug your internet cable/WIFI access.
  • Publicly announce stopping social media for a set period of time and then deactivate your account.
  • Shift-delete the files you waste time on, on your computer. Remove time-wasting materials in your workspace.
  • Work at a you-must-work environment e.g. Starbucks, library, office. And don’t work at home unless you have good discipline.

The point is, eliminate stuff that won’t help you with your work and bring in stuff that will – and do it right now or else this message is useless.

3) Direction

Now this is about reevaluating what you’re doing or trying to do.

It’s about spending some quiet and alone time thinking about nothing else, and just reflect on the reason/purpose behind your mission.

Because if no matter how productive you are, even if you are following all the productivity techniques, it’s all wasted if you’re pursuing the wrong goal.

Everyone once in a while, sit down and spend some time thinking about what you’re already doing.

Final Thoughts

“When a house is being built which is to be made as strong as possible, the building takes place in fine weather and in calm, so that nothing may hinder the structure from acquiring the needed solidity.” – Origen

The 3 hinderers:

  1. Perfectionism
  2. Distraction
  3. Direction

If you want to be productive, you’ve got to first fix these problems.

Always be constantly aware of what you’re doing and recalibrate.