AR: Chris @ WFH Systems Coach posted a great thread on the the Laws of Productivity earlier this week. I loved it so much that I reached out to see if I can republish on my site. This post is an adaptation of Chris’ work including both Chris’ original text and my own commentary/long-form adaptation.Here it is:
We’ve all done it…We have an exciting goal!
We sit down to crank out some work and use our untapped energy…
Only to realize 2 hours later that nothing important got done.
Maybe you look for hacks, apps, and Notion templates to fix your productivity?
But it never works!
And that is because you can’t cheat the universal laws of productivity.
If you want to get things done, you’ll need to understand how to harness the Laws of Productivity.
The 9 Laws of Productivity
1. Parkinson’s Law
Give yourself 4 hours to finish a task and you’ll take 4 hours to finish
Cut that down to 2 hours and you’ll finish in 2 hours
Solution: Put time restraints on your work.
2. Pareto’s Law (The 80/20 rule)
Most of your results come from a small portion of your work.
Solution: Focus on the few tasks that bring you the biggest results.
3. Newton’s 1st Law of Motion
Once you start something, you’re more likely to keep going
Solution: Do whatever you can to get started.
4. Illich’s Law (Law of Diminishing Returns)
Your body and mind need time to rest, and if you don’t, your productivity will suffer.
Solution: Work in sprints instead of a marathon.
5. Laborit’s Law (The Law of the Least Effort)
It’s human nature to avoid discomfort and choose the easiest path.
Solution: Do the challenging (high-value) tasks first.
6. Swoboda-Fliess-Teltscher’s Law (Circadian Rhythms)
Working on the wrong thing at the wrong time is a silent killer of productivity.
Solution: Work around your energy levels.
7. Carlson’s Law
It takes an average of 23 minutes to regain focus after an interruption.
Solution: Work without distractions or interruptions.
8. Hofstadter’s Law
Though completely meant to be a tongue-in-cheek principle, it always does seem to take longer than you expect to get anything done.
Solution: Build buffer time into your projects and deadlines.
9. Drucker’s Law
Much of your work day is wasted. But how would you even know if you aren’t tracking it?
Solution: Track your time down to the minute.
Following these 9 Laws of Productivity will build the foundation for your success:
- Focus on getting started
- Avoid distractions
- Use time constraints
- Prioritize high ROI (80/20) activities
- Work in short sprints -> not long hours.
- Work around your energy levels -> don’t be afraid to take breaks!
- Do the challenging (high-value) tasks first
- Build in buffer time for projects
- Track your time -> down to the minute
Each is simple to apply in your life, and will 10x your productivity.
All you have to do is start!
AR: Here is the original article. As you can see Chris had 7 laws, and I added a two more. Give it like or a RT if you enjoyed this post!