Okay, here’s a fun mind hack for all of you working in a cubicle, home, or whereever.
It’s a mind exercise that can possibly help you do more stuff in less time.
Now let me begin by saying that I used to work from 6am to 12am in Korea when I used to work at Comfile. (That’s 6am until midnight, 18 hours of work)
I am very very familiar with working overtime at a cubicle, especially because I had the chance to work with fellow Korean people couple years ago, they work really freakin’ long hours. (with no efficiency whatsoever though)
As a hard working person I am, I have realized more and more that you can actually accomplish more stuff if you simply give yourself less time to do it.
Well, your mind works like this.
If you are given 2 hours to do a project, whether that’s writing a presentation in 2 hours or whatever, your mind will work as fast as 2 hours.
Now, simply give yourself 1 hour to do the project, you will HAVE to find shortcuts and more efficient ways to do that same project.
It’s sorta like driving. There’s a lot of people who drive kinda stupid, stepping on the gas and then brake even when there’s traffic. All you had to do was less, gently press on the gas enough to let the car naturally stop. The thing you should have been focusing is the big picture, which lane is moving the fastest, not what’s in front of you.
Less is more.
How to Apply this concept at your Workplace
Everyday, start going home 5 minutes earlier. So if you get off work at 5PM, start “forcing” yourself to get off work at 4:45PM. (The next day, 4:40PM, the next day: 4:30PM, etc…etc…)
If your boss starts complaining, just keep making excuses such as (“I got a date”) or whatever. It’s a freakin’ job for godsakes, it ain’t your life. Eventually, even your boss will see that you leave after finishing your job faster than everyone else, and give you a raise.
Once you start forcing yourself to do more stuff in less time, your mind will slowly adjust accordingly.
Eventually, you will be able to get off work at 2 or 3PM and get the same of amount of work done.
Let me ask you, how many times have you sat in your office chair IMing someone or simply wasting a lot of time?
Probably 2-3 hours to say the least, that’s where you lose efficiency.
By making your mind to do more stuff in less time, you will also have more time for yourself, to do other recreational activities such as golf or spend the late afternoon with your kids.
This might not work though if you have a manual-labor job such as data-entry or UPS man for example.
But if you work in a job where it requires a lot of intelligence and mind, (such as programming, management, etc…etc…) you will be able to solve problems in less time.
As for me, I have somehow learned this mind hack while programming.
There are night where I moonlight and stay up all night trying to figure out a bug in my code.
Now, some nights, as soon as I find a bug, I actually stop working right there and then, go relax and sleep.
The next day, I figure out the problem in just 5 minutes with a fresh, morning mind. A lot of programming stuff happen in your mind. Your mind can think for you subconsciously when you are asleep.
Again, Less is More.
If you want to enjoy life, try doing everything less, but accomplish more.
I hope you apply this and definitely let me know if it has helped you do more stuff in less time by leaving a comment. 🙂