Instead of better technology letting us enjoy a shrinking work week, as we’ve expected for decades, the average American work week has actually grown to nearly 60 hours!
How is it that we have less discretionary time and work harder than ever, even though technological breakthroughs have made us all incredibly productive?
To be blunt, some of it’s simple inefficiency. I’ve been a productivity expert for two decades, and I see my colleagues and clients battling the exact same dragons over and over.
Let’s take a look at the five biggest time-traps that drag down our productivity, and how to deal with them.
Trap #1: Poor prioritization
Poor prioritization comes in two flavors: either you can’t effectively juggle multiple tasks on your own, or you’re trying to please a boss who labels everything top priority. Either flavor generates the paralysis of analysis, in which nothing gets done, or the need to work longer just to keep up with the workload.