Connect with us

Success Advice

Why Working Faster Matters Even When You Make Mistakes

Published

on

Image Credit: Unsplash

Too many people work slowly because they fear making mistakes, but the cliché saying is true: time is money. Jeff Bezos recently argued that being wrong can hurt you, but being slow will kill you. Evolutionary biology tells us the same. It was, after all, the meek, but speedy, rodents from 160 million years ago that ended up inheriting the earth as humans today.

Speeding up your workflow doesn’t require you to sacrifice quality. Sloppiness and mistakes are more often the result of fatigue. Working faster can actually boost your productivity and accuracy, as long as you take strategic breaks between those bursts of adrenaline. 

Keeping a quick pace throughout your workday will help you move through more tasks, identify opportunities for efficiency, and actually save you time in the long run by helping you focus on those actions that actually produce results.

Here are a few techniques for how to work faster to save time and minimize your mistakes without tiring out:

1. Work With Goals: To-Do Lists are your Friend

Is there any greater satisfaction than crossing an item off a to-do list? Completing a task stimulates a psychological reward process in the brain that results in a rush of dopamine, the neurotransmitters directly connected to pleasure and motivation.  

If you don’t set daily goals, your brain chemistry doesn’t get to experience the rush of motivational feelings nearly as often, resulting in burnout. However, when you create a checklist of tasks and complete them, those feelings of satisfaction and accomplishment come regularly throughout your work day. 

So much of productivity is setting up the right circumstances to thrive. So don’t make the checklist on your phone, as it’s too easy to get a popup notification and derail your focus entirely. Also, your list doesn’t need to include everything you need to do this month, just the most important tasks you need to get accomplished today. 

A checklist is a simple way to set a roadmap, so that once you’re up and running, you don’t have to slow down to regain your bearings. Also, it sets the right circumstances for those reward signals to keep on coming, keeping your brain stimulated, energized, and moving forward.

“A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.” – Albert Einstein

2. Work in Sprints: Try The Pomodoro Technique

Working at full-speed and in top-form for the entirety of an 8-10 hour work day is impossible for anyone. The Pomodoro Technique is all about breaking your workday into smaller, more manageable increments, so you can keep up a fast pace for the entire day. 

The famous productivity hack suggests breaking your work intervals into 25-35 minutes. By continually restarting the “pomodoro,” (which references the shape of the kitchen timer the inventor of this technique initially used), you train your brain to stay hyper-focused during those shorter periods of work, resulting in more stamina and productivity over the course of a day.

The Pomodoro Technique encourages short breaks between each interval, and then a longer, 20-30 minute break after 4 work sessions. Like a daily checklist, this productivity technique transforms the cycle of work into a process of staggered rewards. Each completed increment brings its own sense of accomplishment (and dopamine!). 

Although, “It’s a marathon, not a sprint,” is often referenced when it comes to accomplishing long-term projects, interval training is the better workout metaphor for an efficient daily work flow. High-intensity interval training is considered the most efficient form of cardio because it helps you burn more calories in less time.

Similarly, these bursts of hyper-focused work increments produce more results because of the intensity. The scattered breaks (or periods of low intensity) allow you to rejuvenate and refocus before the next round. 

3. Work Smarter: Remember the 80/20 Rule

It’s important to remember that productivity doesn’t have a direct correlation to input. Yes, your coworker may be putting in ten-hour work days — but how much of that extra time is translating into real results? 

The 80/20 rule — or the Pareto Principle — has historic roots dating back to the mid-19th century, and the basic tenant is that 80% of results are brought about by only 20% of your efforts. So although a 10-hour work day may appear successful if measured in input rather than output, it’s likely the most tangible results only came from 20% of that time.

The Pareto Principle is not an exact science, but a kind of inevitability. Some of our efforts won’t always be fruitful. Those people who fear working too quickly for the fear of slipping up don’t seem to realize that mistakes are inevitable, and most of them can be corrected and repaired. Plus, mistakes give you the hindsight to get it right the next time. 

When you apply the 80/20 rule to your own work day, it gives you a tangible way to measure which of your actions result in the most production. A daily checklist, or a productivity schedule like the Pomodoro Technique, can help you pay attention to the 80/20 rule more closely. What items on your checklist took more effort? Which pomodoros produced the best results? 

When you start to identify these patterns of input and output, you can redelegate and refocus your priorities toward that 20% that actually produces high-quality work. Then, replicate those circumstances whenever you can rather than slowing down. 

“No matter how many mistakes you make or how slow you progress, you are still way ahead of everyone who isn’t trying.” – Tony Robbins

4. Work for Momentum: Break the Rules When Necessary

Some hesitate to adopt an incremental schedule from fear of bringing those moments of heightened productivity to an abrupt stop. Whether you’re “on a roll,” or “in the zone,” momentum is a real state of being, and you need the time and space for your productivity to naturally build and recede. 

People tend to build momentum at similar times of day. I’m a morning person, and do better waking up at 6am and working till noon. So much of productivity is getting to know your own tendencies, so you don’t always have to rely on tricks like the Pomodoro Technique or the 80/20 rule to find your flow. 

Break the rules when you have to. When you understand when, where, and how you work best, you learn which circumstances lead to mistakes or lower-quality work, and you can avoid them. And on those days when the struggle is real, productivity hacks can keep you on schedule and help you avoid procrastination. Tell yourself you’re going to work on a task for just 5 minutes, or you’re going to write just one paragraph, or you’re going to get just one item off your checklist done.

These little steps usually are enough to get some traction until your productivity takes off. And remember that in order to stay alive, you just have to make sure you don’t slow down. 

Manick Bhan is the founder and CTO of LinkGraph, an award-winning digital marketing and SEO agency that provides SEO and paid media services. He is also the founder and CEO of SearchAtlas, which offers a full SEO software suite. He is the former CEO of the ticket reselling app Rukkus.

Advertisement
Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Success Advice

20 Ways You Can Become a Powerful Communicator

Published

on

Emile Steenveld Speaker and Coach

Some people seem to naturally know how to effectively communicate in a group setting. They can express themselves clearly and listen attentively without dominating the conversation.

Being a powerful communicator is important for several reasons, including building and maintaining relationships, achieving goals, resolving conflicts, improving productivity, leading and influencing others, advancing in your career, expressing yourself more confidently and authentically, and improving your mental and emotional well-being. Effective communication is an essential life skill that can benefit you in all aspects of your life.

But, don’t worry if you don’t naturally possess this skill, as effective communication is something that can be developed with practice, planning and preparation.
 

1.  Listen actively: Practice active listening by giving your full attention to the speaker and responding to what they are saying.

 

2. Use “I” statements: Speak from your own perspective and avoid placing blame or making accusations.

 

3. Avoid assumptions: Don’t make assumptions about what the other person is thinking or feeling.

 

4. Be clear: Express your thoughts and feelings clearly and concisely by getting to the point and avoid using jargon or overly complex language.

 

5. Show empathy: Show that you understand and care about the other person’s feelings.

 

6. Offer valuable insights: When speaking in a group, provide a valuable takeaway or actionable item that people can walk away with.

 

7. Be an active listener: Listen attentively and respond accordingly, incorporating your points into the conversation.

 

8. Choose the right time: Pick the most opportune time to speak to ensure that you have the group’s attention and can deliver your message without interruption.

 

9. Be the unifying voice: Step in and unify the group’s thoughts to calm down the discussion and insert your point effectively.

 

10. Keep responses concise: Keep responses short and to the point to show respect for others’ time.

 

11. Avoid unnecessary comments: Avoid commenting on everything and only speak when you have something important to say.

 

12. Cut the fluff: Avoid being long-winded and get straight to the point.

 

13. Prepare ahead of time: Sort out your points and practice them before speaking in a group.

 

14. Smile and be positive: Smile and nod along as others speak, to build a positive relationship and be respected when it’s your turn to speak.

 

15. Take responsibility: Take responsibility for your own actions and feelings.

 

16. Ask questions: Ask questions to clarify any confusion or misunderstandings.

 

17. Avoid interrupting: Allow the other person to finish speaking without interruption.

 

18. Practice active listening: Repeat what the other person said to ensure you have understood correctly.

 

19. Use your body language too: Use nonverbal cues such as eye contact, facial expressions, and body language to convey your message and build rapport.

 

20. Be aware of the tone of your voice: it should be calm and assertive, not aggressive or passive.

 

By keeping these tips in mind, you can improve your communication skills and become a more powerful communicator, which can help you build better relationships, achieve your goals, and lead a more fulfilling life.

I you want to learn how to become more confident in life then you can join my weekly mentorship calls and 40+ online workshops at AweBliss.com so you can master your life with more success.

 
Continue Reading

Success Advice

Dead Men Tell No Tales: How to Navigate a Mutiny as a Leader in 10 Steps

You’re the manager. You’re the supervisor. You’re the leader. But maybe your people don’t see it that way

Published

on

Image Credit: Unsplash

You’re the manager. You’re the supervisor. You’re the leader. But maybe your people don’t see it that way and perhaps that has created a divisive and adversarial working environment that makes it difficult for you to influence and inspire your team in a way that meets your vision. (more…)

Continue Reading

Success Advice

How to Think Like a CEO for Your Future Success

A blueprint for CEOs to draw a disciplined strategy

Published

on

Image Credit: Unsplash

Strategic thinking helps CEOs build successful businesses. It helps them establish everlasting enterprises. It is one of the key elements of decision-making. It is different from strategic leadership. It differentiates between leaders from managers.  (more…)

Continue Reading

Success Advice

How to Focus Your Mind on Your Goals in 2023 Constructively

In this world of distractions due to information overload, it has become a big challenge to focus our minds

Published

on

Image Credit: Unsplash

In this world of distractions due to information overload, it has become a big challenge to focus our minds on positive aspects and constructive activities. Sometimes we waste our precious time mentally and physically due to distractions arising out of technology. We must understand our priorities and learn how to focus on them religiously. (more…)

Continue Reading

Trending