Everyone complains about not having enough time.
It’s up there with complaining about the weather or traffic. It’s a rite of passage into adulthood.
But if you really consider how much work actually gets done in a traditional 8 hour day, it may be telling.
Consider your work day or week. Between emails, coffee, chit chat, meetings, and putting out fires – how much focused work was done?
If the latest numbers are true – the adult attention span has been reduced from 12 minutes in 2010 down to around 7 minutes today.
Let’s be generous and say you are able to spend 20 minutes straight of focused productivity every hour. This means in an 8 hour day, you are able to do about 2 hours worth of work.
It’s not the lack of hours, it’s the lack of focus.
Sarah Lou Davies has a blog called The Work Experiment. She takes complex ideas and turns them into simple designs like this one above. Pretty simple design but a powerful message.
Don’t try to carve out more time to finish your projects.
Carve out more focused and intentional periods within your existing workday.
What are going to accomplish this week?