Session 182: 5 Subtle Ways I Stay Productive Daily: Melvin Varghese, PhD



What techniques have you found that help you stay on task each day? Maybe you have some tried and true habits, or maybe you recognize the need to put in place a little more structure. Either way, there is inspiration waiting for you in today’s show!

Solo episodes are always fun for me because I love getting to share with you what I’m learning. Today’s topic is about the habits I’ve incorporated to maximize my productivity on a week-to-week basis. For many of us, our self-worth is measured by how much we get done, and it’s taken work for me to get past that judgmental place. I’ve found some things that work well for me; some are based on experience, learning, and tweaking, and some are based on research. I hope my tips will inspire you to evaluate your productivity and see what might work better for you.

What We’ll Learn

  • Why I’m a big believer in the statement, “Work smarter, not harder.” We can find efficient ways to get things done by thinking outside the box
  • How I’ve learned that spending hours and hours on something does NOT equal productivity; instead, take the time you have and make it as efficient as possible
  • 5 Tips to Improve Productivity:
    • Categorize days or half-days for certain tasks (This cuts down on distractions)
    • Set aside 4-hour blocks of time for “deep work” (Deep work is defined as the ability to focus without distraction on a cognitively-demanding task, and is a strategy used by many well-known, successful people)
    • Take a mid-day hike or workout (Studies have proven that exercise improves creativity! I follow up with a 25-minute nap!)
    • Respond to email and social media for ONE hour only each day (This eliminates the anxiety of having to “keep up” all day long)
    • Block out time daily to study my ONE thing (This process of learning brings me enrichment and joy, and is usually related to a big goal)

Resources Mentioned

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Find out more about the value of naps:  Session97

Find out more about our membership site:  Selling The Couch

Find out more about the concept of deep work:  Deep Work by Cal Newport

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