The 10 worst productivity lies we tell ourselves, according to an expert who’s worked with CEOs, doctors, athletes, kids, and a Supreme Court judge

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Adrian Shepherd is a British productivity consultant who’s lived and worked in Japan for the past 24 years.
We’re often our own worst enemies when it comes to productivity, he says.
When you say you’ll do it later, or you work better at night, you’re lying to yourself. Instead, tackle those things now.
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I started out my career as a teacher in Japan. Then I became an entrepreneur. Today, I’m a productivity consultant.

Over the past 30 years, I’ve worked with CEOs, executives, doctors, teachers, athletes, kids, and even a Supreme Court judge. Having worked with such an array of people in different walks of life was a real eye-opener. What I learned is that we have a lot more in common that we realize.

When it comes to productivity, too often we’re our own worst enemies. We love to tell ourselves lies that hold us back from achieving our true potential.

The following are the ten most common I’ve been told over and over again.

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1. I’ll do it later

Sure, sure. I’ve been guilty of this one, just ask my wife. I’m sure many of you can relate. If we can do it now, then do it. It’s essentially the concept of Brian Tracy’s bestselling book, “Eat That Frog” which talks about tackling the thing you like least, first. Don’t put off what you can do now.

2. I work better at night

Nice try. The truth is most of us aren’t as effective at night. The daily grind takes a mental toll on all of us. When we head home for the day, all most of us want to do is put our feet up in front of the TV and enjoy our favorite show. Work? Forget it. And word to the wise, night time is when we’re most susceptible to persuasion, so be careful.

3. That doesn’t matter

It all matters. Never overlook the small things. Every big thing is simply made up of lots of little things. In James Clear’s bestselling book, “Atomic Habits,” he talks about managing the little things; the big things take care of themselves.

4. It doesn’t work

I once heard someone say that the average amount of times people try something is 0.6 times. In other words, most people talk themselves out of even trying it. They believe it won’t work for them, so why even bother. Not everything successful people share will work for us. That being said, experience has shown a good deal of them will.

5. I only need five hours sleep

For now, maybe. But the human body needs rest. Navy Seals and unique individuals may be able to perform at peak levels despite only sleeping five hours. Chances are likely that’s not us. To operate at peak levels, the human body requires seven to eight hours of rest each night.

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