Sunday, March 16, 2008

How to Act Productive Tip #3 - Work All Weekend

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Here at Grad Hacker, we feel that simply being productive is not enough. What good is your inner, clandestine, productivity, if your bosses, colleagues, and you yourself don't really know the extent of just how unbelievably productive, busy, stressed, in a rush, and
you really are? For these, reasons, each weekend we will provide you with a tip on how to act productive.

What did you do this past weekend? Hang out with friends? Drink alcoholic beverages? "Oh but I did a little bit of work on Sunday morning" you say. Unacceptable. Who do you think you are, Cal Newport? Stop being lazy, start being productive, work the entire weekend.

Productive people don't have weekends. Weekends are when the office is quiet, there are no classes if you are a student or professor, the phones aren't ringing, the email volume takes a dip, so why would any sane, productive person waste this time gallivanting around town when they could be making progress on the million projects on their plate? Don't get me wrong, you can do that, it's your life, just don't expect to be productive at the same time.

Now, in the vain of the How to Act Productive series, I must add the final ingredient to acting productive by working all weekend long: tell people what you did over the weekend. You need people to know how productive you were over the weekend. You need to inspire them. Last week I mentioned how you must carefully slide your lack of sleep into conversations to preserve some social tact. Such rules seemlessly extend into this week. Don't start by talking about your productive weekend, ask about their lazy weekend first: "So what did you do this weekend." "Oh it was awesome, we took the boat out on Saturday, the weather was beautiful, hung out for a while, hit up this party in the evening. Then on Sunday..." "Oh, that must have been nice, I was here working the whole time." Oh yes.

So towards the end of this week, when you start to think about what you'll do this weekend, ask yourself this simple question: Am I a productive person?

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