I found an article called “25 Tips to Become More Productive and Happy at Work” and decided to go through the tips one by one to see if they work for me.
Throughout the month of September I will chronicle this experiment right here, in this blog. Are you ready for the first tip? Here it is:
Power Question. Keep a question like this at your desk to help you stay focused: “Am I making the most of my time right now?” or “Is this the most productive use of my time?”
I have to ask myself questions like that all the time, because I tend to multitask too much and lose track of what’s most important. But would spending .5 seconds every 5 minutes or so re-reading such a question actually make me more productive, and therefore, more happy?
What if you had to complete a task that, in your opinion, was a total waste of time? Wouldn’t asking yourself that question frustrate you?
I’ll tell you what would make me feel good: instead of a power question at my desk, I would place a sign reading, “What you do is important.” Feeling important and believing that we matter to the people around us is vital to our happiness and mental health (Dale Carnegie expresses this in his book “How to Win Friends and Influence People“), and may have a more positive direct impact on our emotional well-being than constantly questioning each of our jobs and tasks.