Productivity Shame

Why do we think we have so much more time in the day than we actually do?

There are a couple of biases that reinforce 💩 decisions or help underestimate how much time stuff takes.

Understanding them helps you become more realistic with your time 👇

First up is the Planning Fallacy.

Stuff that should take an hour takes a day.

It’s all the in-between stuff like emails and chat apps. Then there’s multitasking and context switching.

This is workflow dark matter, completely invisible, but distorts time and space.

Then there’s the completion bias.

Maybe it’ll take a bit longer than you’d planned, but you’ll still get it done, right?

Not when you’re checking items off at the expense of working on what’s important.

The more overwhelmed we get the more seductive a small win becomes.

Productivity Shame is a term coined by author and podcaster Jocelyn K. Glei, who describes it as:

“The act of setting utterly unrealistic goals or schedules for yourself and then beating yourself up when you fail to meet them.”

Productivity shame is that sick feeling when you don’t live up to your own expectations.

When you start thinking about emails while you’re supposed to be spending time with family.

When you start thinking about emails while you’re supposed to be spending time with family.

Productivity shame is the consequence of thinking we have more time than we do, losing our days to busy work, and then when we get finally focused we waste it on a hoard of small, “urgent” tasks instead of meaningful work.

Learning all of this because I’m doing the Rescuetime productivity challenge at the moment. So far it has been a lot more useful than I thought it was going to be 👍


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