The art of doing twice the work in half the time - Introduction

Matteo Carbone

by Matteo Carbone

Taking inspiration for the title from the namesake book by Jeff Sutherland, one of the creators of Scrum (the Agile framework that we use to organise our work), we introduce today the first of a series of blog posts focused on productivity. It is the narrated version of a workshop that we held in many events throughout Italy. Enjoy!

Opening slide of our workshop on productivity

In the digital era, the life rhythms peaked to ridiculously high levels: we always have more things to do and less and less time to do it; to survive without being overwhelmed by the stress, it’s essential to be able to govern our productivity. The latter has many faces and different meanings, but the definition that we preferer is the one that introduces productivity as

achieving more, with the least use of energy/resources possible.

Each day, we deal with hundreds of activities, in any field: work, studies, passion, love, survival, etc. In doing so, each of us collides with an insurmountable limit that we all share: the 24 hours. Nevertheless, it seems to exist some people that manage to do twice the work in half the time.

Do you know anyone with that superpower?
Photo by Esteban Lopez / Unsplash

The technological literature presents many renowned names that seem to be equipped with this magical characteristic, which allows them to achieve extraordinary things. Are they all geniuses? Perhaps some of them, yes, but the majority manages to reach those peaks of productivity through their capacity to maintain control and perspective over their lives; in other words: self-management.

The path that we will start next week will cover step by step different strategies and techniques to increase our own productivity through self-management: by working better, working less and having more time to dedicate to what passionate us.

First strategy: Pareto principle 🔜