Lockdown forced me to double down on productivity skills.

Managing different working environments through lockdown has been challenging. I have tried to work from home with a one-year-old. Attempted to squeeze in time in the evenings after a day of daddy daycare. Used snippets of time whilst away on holiday. Through all of this, I have swung between being very unproductive to producing more in a day than I ever thought I would be able to.

After feeling guilty in the first few weeks of lockdown whilst spending all day with Noah and being too tired to do any meaningful work in the evenings I took a decision to use his first nap of the day to instead of producing work but to teach myself a skill that would make me more productive. And that skill was touch-typing.

Compounding Meta-Skills is just the beginning.

There has certainly been compounding meta-skill effects from touch-typing and other productivity improvements that I have recently applied. This has included touch-typing coupled with being more aggressive with the way that I tackle pieces of work using the Pomodoro Technique. The net result of this is as we leave lockdown and I have full days to myself I can produce more work than ever before.

The catalyst of lockdown and less time has produced a positive in my workflow. But going forward I release I should not need to wait for a pandemic before investing time each day to improving myself. I now need to consider a new meta-skill that will help my productivity even further.

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James O'Donnell
James O'Donnell

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