The Science of Productivity. {How to get more done in less time.}


“It is not enough to be busy… The question is: what are we busy about?” ~ Henry David Thoreau
Busy is already a given in our twenty-first century stampede. Busyness has multiplied by all kinds of parallel realities. It used to be just made of flesh. Now it is also virtual. The quality of your busyness, that’s what we’re interested in now.

Meet Lady Productivity, our century’s muse. (It should be Imagination, or Creativity, but no, we have things to do).

How do you assess your productivity? Do you make long to-do lists and then get a momentary high when you check off the items? Or an anxiety attack when your day is over and you’re not even half-way through your list? (Guilty).



Contrary to what we tend to believe and try, productivity can’t be increased only by willpower, ability, or the amount of time we spend on a project. It’s not about how much you do, it’s about how you do it.

Optimal productivity boils down to a healthy balance between work and play, activity and rest. The most productive people are also the healthiest, and this is largely in part because of incorporating these opposites of work and play in their daily practice.

The brilliant creators at AsapSCIENCE, try to decode productivity in this animated science bite:


Created by AsapSCIENCE in collaboration with Sparring Mind
Written and animated by Mitchell Moffit & Gregory Brown.

Review, Rewind, Remember… 

Tips to boost your productivity:

1. Get started (Now). 


2. Practice deliberately. Focus your energy in packets, alternating between periods of intense work and breaks. “Studies have found that the most elite violinists in the world generally follow a 90-minute work regime with a 15 to 20 minute break afterwards. Instead of trying to maintain energy throughout the day, breaking it down into sessions with play and relaxation is most effective.”


3. Don’t rely on willpower. Rely on habit and discipline. Build on them day after day after day, whether your willpower is there or not. 


4. Give yourself a deadline for each project. 


5. Create an Accountability Chart to document your progress. In it, evaluate your work according to the task and overall time spent on it. 


6. Stop multi-tasking. I challenge you to close the other 99 windows open in your browser and focus on the one you’re reading (or pretending to). 


7. Make an action plan. As Leo Babutta put it, “Simplicity boils down to two steps: Identify the essential. Eliminate the rest.”


8. Split up your bigger projects into small bite-sized ones. 


What works for you?

What doesn’t?

What could?

What’s the first step?

Take it now?



More creative, compact curiosity by AsapSCIENCE:

>> Could Zombies Exist?

>> The Scientific Power of Naps.

>> What’s behind an orgasm. 

>> Amazing facts to blow your mind.

>> The science of procrastination & how to manage it.




{Less = More}



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Andrea Balt
Co-Founder/Editor-in-Chief of Rebelle Society, Wellness Alchemist at Rebelle Wellness & Professional Dream Chaser at Creative Rehab. Unfinished book with a love for greens, bikes and poetry; raised by wolves & adopted by people; not trying to make art but to Be Art. Holds a BA in Journalism & Mass Communication, an MFA in Creative Writing & a Holistic Health Coach degree from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition®. In her work she tries to reflect the wholeness of the human experience by combining Art & Health + Mind & Body + Darkness & Brilliance into a more alive, unabridged and unlimited edition of ourselves. She is also on a quest to reinstate Creativity as one of our essential Human Rights to (hopefully and soon) be included in the UN Declaration. Connect with her in the Social Media Jungle via Facebook, Twitter & Instagram and sign up for her FREE MuseLetter.


  • SR Atchley
    It seems you are always right inside my head, dear. I usually read my Rebelle Society first, to get my mind in a creative workspace, then move on to my less than fun tasks for the day. I always try to ‘work smarter, not harder’…and I revel in the thought that I can ‘achieve more by doing less’. Love the video. Thanks for the lesson. Can’t wait for the day when Lady Productivity is upstaged by her more beautiful sisters, Madame Creativity and Ms. Imagination!!!
    • Andrea Balt
      Andrea Balt commented on March 11, 2013 Reply
      Best, rarest Three Amigas. Summoning the three bitches now. :)
  • Vicki Woodyard commented on January 16, 2013 Reply
    Elimination of nonessentials leads to bliss :)
  • Tanya Lee Markul
    tanya lee markul commented on January 16, 2013 Reply
    Heck to the yeah — excellent!!!
  • Jim Fry
    Jim Fry commented on January 16, 2013 Reply
    yes.Yes.YES … exquisite tips! Mental note: *Reduce* down to just 99 windows open concurrently, and evaluate increased productivity & focus.
  • Mamaste
    Mamaste commented on January 17, 2013 Reply
    Ok Batman, I’ll take your advice, if you do. Xoxo ~ Mamaste

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