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  • You want to be more productive. I'm here to help you do just that. Here are the 5 foundations

  • of productivity that will help you get more done in less time.

  • Dr. Jubbal, MedSchoolInsiders.com.

  • Maximizing your productivity is a tricky balance. On one end of the spectrum, you may lack discipline,

  • spending too much time hanging out with friends, watching Netflix, or doing other leisurely

  • things. On the other end, you may be approaching workaholism, whereby you spend far too much

  • time working and studying. Counterintuitively, this actually limits your productivity, as

  • burnout is inevitable and you're not able to achieve sustained levels of high intensity

  • with your work.

  • These are the 5 foundations I've learned the hard way, that I wish someone told me

  • sooner.

  • The first is the principle that the quality of your work time is more important than the

  • quantity of your work time. In other words, it's better to study intensely with deep

  • focus for 2 hours rather than study at moderate intensity for 5 hours.

  • We've all been there. We're exhausted, a deadline or test is coming up, and we feel

  • that we just need to push through the drudgeryit's the right thing to do.

  • Except it's not. The issue is that no matter who you are, no matter how disciplined, there

  • is an upper limit to the number of hours of productive, focused work you can do in a single

  • day. For some people, whose attention spans have been fragmented with social media, that

  • may just be 1 or 2 hours. For others who have practiced deep work intentionally, it still

  • won't be higher than 4 or 5.

  • Understanding this, it only makes logical sense that if you want to maximize your productivity

  • and effectiveness and minimize the number of hours you're studying, then you should

  • make the most of the deep work you can do in a single day.

  • This requires a shift in our perspective. Rather than congratulating yourself when you

  • spend most of the day studying, reflect on the quality of your studying instead. Rather

  • than feeling guilty if you only study for 4 or 5 hours in a day, acknowledge how intense

  • you worked and, if you earned it, take the rest of the day off.

  • You must be careful not to fall into the all too common trapfeeling guilty, causing

  • you to work more hours, which causes the quality of those hours to suffer, and the cycle continues.

  • To avoid this, we turn to the next point, mastering your time.

  • Mastering your time doesn't mean to be a tyrant and spend every minute either working

  • or studying. Quite the contrary. There's actually diminishing returns to the longer

  • you work in a given day.

  • Paradoxically, to achieve the highest degrees of productivity and effectiveness, you must

  • plan time away from work. Being intentional about when you work and when you play gives

  • you the best of both worldsyou can maximize your effectiveness when you work, again prioritizing

  • the quality, but you can also maximize your leisure time.

  • I recommend you approach each of your days with a general idea of when you'll be doing

  • each type of task. First focus on your most productive hours and when you feel sharpest.

  • Allocate that window to deep work, and work backwards from there.

  • I know for myself that I experience a slump during the mid afternoon, so I don't expect

  • myself to get deep meaningful work done during this time. Instead, I use this period to run

  • errands or do more administrative work like handling emails or my finances.

  • When I was a student, I would be drained after a full day of class, so I'd use that time

  • to get a workout in, then come home and eat, and only study after cleaning up my dishes.

  • What works for your is going to be different than what works for me. Experiment, try different

  • schedules, but be sure to be intentional with your time.

  • Similarly, be intentional with your time away from the books. To combat workaholic tendencies,

  • I made a rule for myself that I couldn't say no to social plans on weekends for the

  • sake of catching up on work. Alternatively, you could stop working after dinner, which

  • has the added benefit of allowing your mind to wind down before you call it a night.

  • This isn't something that you'll figure out and then never have to worry about ever

  • again. Any given schedule may work for weeks or even years, but as your circumstances and

  • environment change, so will your needs. Just as my schedule changed from a medical student,

  • to a resident, to a physician entrepreneur, to someone who was locked in during COVID,

  • your best schedule will also evolve with time.

  • The biggest threat to your productivity comes in one flavordistractions. I'm not

  • saying you need to become a monk and completely give up social media. However, during the

  • few hours of the day where you intend to get deep work done, you must be ruthless in cutting

  • out distractions.

  • Top performers that consistently achieve stellar results share a common traitthey are

  • in control of their attention. And it's not just the time of actively being distracted,

  • but rather the break in focus that kills your momentum and erodes your productivity. There's

  • a cost to task switching, and you'll pay the price, even with brief distractions.

  • Distraction elimination comes in two flavors: device-specific and environmental.

  • In terms of device-specific distraction control, I recommend you disable notifications on your

  • phone and computer. You can put it on airplane mode, put it in another room, and even use

  • apps like Freedom or Focus to keep distracting websites in check.

  • In terms of environmental distractions, this comes down to where you work and how you work.

  • If your housemates are a rowdy bunch and you cannot resist playing video games with them,

  • then studying at home is probably not a good idea. But maybe with the current state of

  • the world, you don't have much other choice. Think about how you can modify your environment

  • to be conducive to getting work donekeep your door closed, put on noise cancelling

  • headphones, or even wear earplugs.

  • When the world is back to normal, you can also consider working in a library or coffee

  • shop if you find yourself more productive in those environments.

  • As simple as this sounds, if you're able to successfully eliminate distractions, you'll

  • be a large step ahead of your peers.

  • In my years of experimentation, I'm constantly surprised by how inaccurate my subjective

  • feelings are. I'm reminded of the importance of tracking various metrics to have objective

  • data, as our subjective assessments are wildly inaccurate.

  • In medical school, I used RescueTime to track how I spent time on my computer. I now use

  • Screen Time on my iPhone to quantify how much time I spend actually working versus goofing

  • off. This way, I can't lie to myself - the data is there.

  • By being mindful of my focus levels during Pomodoro sessions, I found that switching

  • tasks after 2 Pomodoros was most effective in preventing burnout and sustaining higher

  • intensity while studying.

  • What gets measured gets managed. If you want to fine tune your productivity systems, be

  • sure to measure the factors that will allow you to do so.

  • As you continue down the road of self-development, productivity, and other life optimization,

  • understand that this is a life long journey. You aren't working towards some destination

  • at which point you can stop and say “I did it!”

  • Instead, take pleasure in the process. Find the joy in seeing yourself improve and grow.

  • After all, life is about the journey, not reaching some imaginary finish line.

  • And lastly, avoid the temptation of comparing yourself to others. What someone portrays

  • on social media may not be reality. And besides, the only comparison that really matters is

  • you versus you. How are you today compared to yesterday?

  • Thanks for watching and good luck studying. Much love, and I'll see you guys in that

  • next one.

You want to be more productive. I'm here to help you do just that. Here are the 5 foundations

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生産性向上のための5つの基本原則 (5 Foundational Principles to Productivity)

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