In­crease Your Pro­duc­tiv­ity

A Lazy Man’s Guide To Get­ting Things Done

Men's Health (Australia) - - MH Boss - BY JAMIE MILLAR & TOM WARD PHO­TOG­RA­PHY BY SUN LEE

WHAT YOU’RE DO­ING right now is im­pres­sive. No, we’re se­ri­ous – find­ing even five spare min­utes dur­ing your day to sit down and flip through this mag­a­zine is no mean feat. Be­cause we’d hazard a guess that you’re a busy guy. We all are, aren’t we? Re­search from the Aus­tralian In­sti­tute of Health and Wel­fare shows Aussies are in the bot­tom third of OECD coun­tries in work/life bal­ance. The AIHW’S two-yearly study found one in five Aus­tralian men worked 50 hours or more per week, mak­ing our free time an in­creas­ingly rare and pre­cious com­mod­ity. We’re spend­ing more and more time at our desks – and have less to show for it when we clock off. Well, we say enough is enough. De­spite what ex­pe­ri­ence may have taught you, your daily to-do list is not doomed to spill over into your pre­cious down­time. Take the right mea­sures and you can achieve far more while ac­tu­ally do­ing a whole lot less. By em­ploy­ing the tips on th­ese pages, you’ll ease your con­gested sched­ule, amp up your out­put and, cru­cially, re­claim your promised 5pm fin­ish – no med­i­tat­ing, jour­nalling or colour­cod­ing re­quired. All you need to do is chan­nel your in­ner shirker. Be­lieve us, he’s lurk­ing in there some­where, ready to haul his in­do­lent body off the bench. After all, no one will find a faster way to fin­ish a job than the man who re­ally can’t be both­ered.>

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