How to Be More Productive | Christine vs. Work 2022

April 25, 2022



There’s a huge amount of productivity systems and time management strategies out there. But what actually works, and why?

Innovation Editor Christine Liu test-drove a handful of promising productivity methods: the classic Pomodoro Technique and two online platforms, Caveday and Focusmate. Then we talked to productivity expert Chris Bailey, author of “The Productivity Project,” on what successful methods all share, how best to manage your time, and what “being productive” even means.

Learn more about Chris Bailey: https://alifeofproductivity.com/

*Harvard Business Review is not sponsored by any of the products mentioned.

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  1. Reply
    Harvard Business Review April 25, 2022 at 11:40 am

    How do you feel these days? Distracted, productive, or falling down a deep YouTube rabbit hole? 😝—Christine

  2. Good for the new practicetioner but when you face the complex problem and time limit you can't success.Try to flow state technic work much more but it need to be mind practise in each activities with no time constrain but goal mind flow doing thing done like you read ing an interesting until it end in a day but beware you eyes if you're not skill reading long it'll cause you eyes pain.

  3. Reply
    Mahyar Amir fazlian April 25, 2022 at 11:40 am

    Sorry. Mommy.
    You are .just eating to much.
    Thats why your to f**
    Tanks for all your advice.
    But it's looking like not working on you. 😕😴

  4. I struggle a lot with deadlines and my procrastination habit. Can u please help me out?

  5. Really wanted to try Caveday but internet here in the Philippines is just💔🙃

  6. How to maintain long term engagement in a goal?

  7. I make checklist. Because i love to check my task 😅

  8. Hey- I found your series immensely useful – giving u a shoutout for putting these up

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    DrIsshan's Free Time April 25, 2022 at 11:40 am

    My new fave adulting channel

  10. misleading title ngl

  11. I'm thinking where I can buy that timer clock HAHAHHAH It'll helps a lot for sure

  12. I always feel if i have someone watching me over doing my work i will do it.

  13. How about nlp

  14. This is Harvard Business Review…and they do videos now.
    Cave Day was the biggest joke I ever experienced.
    I guess its might work for entrepreneurs who work by themself starting up, or for pandemic but its so useless for just regular people

    All of these things are millennial ideas…and its all REGURGITATION
    Chris Bailey is also a regurgitation guy he not a productivity expert. He did a blog and then wrote a book on the blog…that is considered a expert these days. Thats what Cal Newport and a lot of other people did…the regurgitators .

    Most thing on productivity was already written about by 2012. Its all regurgitation or twerking now.

    Start with the book Getting thing Done for over all productivity. then choose any of the 100s of ideas and books available.
    Use pomodoro for procrastination and hard to get done items

  15. Great stuff! Just before I watched this video I signed up for a month trial of Caveday. We'll see how it goes.

    FWIW it would be great to understand whether or not those diagnosed with some level of ADHD have found these groups/methods to be useful. Or, at a higher level, how those with ADHD get through work especially nowadays when so much of our time is spent in meetings on Zoom with so much context switching.

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    KEVIN HOLLAND MILLER April 25, 2022 at 11:40 am

    Beautiful video , I have a few question, would be great you help
    How many kind of time management system are there? And
    What book or system would you recommend me ? .
    Because I read a few books and I haven't deleted my procrastination.
    Thanks by the video, bye

  17. ❤❤❤

  18. A nice stranger that looks like Jesus motivated you the most. 🤣

  19. Great stuff – thanks! One thing that I absolutely do is I protect the times of the day when I am most productive. For me, that happens to be between 8am-11am and then I get another burst in the afternoon between 1pm-3pm. Still, I have my moments of weakness during these hours, but now I have my Pomodoro. Haha!

  20. Hey, Christine, I know I am late to the party for posting now. But I wonder if you have any thoughts on 'assimilation in the workplace'. Well, I mean I am working in a company where the all the other people besides me is so like a buddy to each other… like I couldn't blend in… and I have been in the company for close to a year now… I feel like a total outsider all the time… but I don't enjoy almost all the things they are talking about or playing… should I quit? But other than this kind of thing, I really enjoy working in here. Oh, maybe it's my profession that's causing the problem. I am a software developer, but the company is a media company. I work in the online product department… should I quit and find a more software vibe company? Well… I personally don't want to just quit with the time span in this company is less than a year, but I also not sure if I should change myself to blend in… gosh….

  21. CaveDay is the best!

  22. Thank you for the great content 😀 I think I am more productive when I am feeling safe and relax. But recently, I am stress to a point that I can't even sleep. That makes me feel like doing nothing and skipping work and I did. Do you have any tips for me to have the balance back for me?
    Thanks Christine

  23. Hangeulcowithme fun and easy

  24. Thank you 😀😊

  25. Reply
    Homem Negro Econômico April 25, 2022 at 11:40 am

    GOD BLESS ME. = 🇺🇸🛢🧠🏦💵👨🏿👨🏿💵🏦🧠🛢🇺🇸 ME FIRST. = 🏦💵👨🏿🌍🌎🌏👨🏿💵🏦
    O Banco do Brasil S.A. é complicado, safado e fuleiro. O sistema eletrônico do Banco do Brasil S.A. é extremamente lento, complicado e cheio de erros. Não entendo como o Banco do Brasil S.A. não tem vergonha de colocar, no mercado, um sistema eletrônico tão falho. Vergonhoso. Os gerentes e outros empregados são, em sua maioria, corruptos, vagabundos e arrogantes, mesmo ganhando muito pouco dinheiro e sendo explorados através de metas inalcançáveis. Além disso, o dinheiro que a gente coloca em aplicações financeiras não está rendendo juros e/ou rende menos de 1.000.000% ao ano. Absurdo. O Banco do Brasil S.A. é uma BOSTA(💩) arrogante(acha que é a maior instituição financeira da América do Sul), criminosa(desrespeita, diariamente e sem punição, direitos trabalhistas e direitos dos consumidores) e que não quer ser corrigida(não aceita sugestões de melhoria de empregados e/ou clientes). Só sou cliente do Banco do Brasil S.A. porque os outros bancos brasileiros conseguem ser piores. Que azar eu ter nascido no Brasil. Brasil é país de gente que não deveria ter nascido. 99,99% dos brasileiros já deveriam estar mortos desde 1983. Povo sem educação, sem dinheiro, sem vergonha, sem ética, etc. Aumentem a taxa selic para 1.000% ou mais ao mês, diminuam em 10.000% a burocracia e leis, aumentem nossos salários, aposentadorias e pensões, zerem a inflação, inadimplência e impostos e permitam o voto facultativo. America first. = 🇺🇸💵🏦💵🛢💵🧠🇺🇸🧠💵🛢💵🏦💵🇺🇸 God bless America. = 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸

  26. Reply
    Homem Negro Econômico April 25, 2022 at 11:40 am

    GOD BLESS ME. = 🇺🇸🛢🧠🏦💵👨🏿👨🏿💵🏦🧠🛢🇺🇸 ME FIRST. = 🏦💵👨🏿🌍🌎🌏👨🏿💵🏦
    O Banco do Brasil S.A. é complicado, safado e fuleiro. O sistema eletrônico do Banco do Brasil S.A. é extremamente lento, complicado e cheio de erros. Não entendo como o Banco do Brasil S.A. não tem vergonha de colocar, no mercado, um sistema eletrônico tão falho. Vergonhoso. Os gerentes e outros empregados são, em sua maioria, corruptos, vagabundos e arrogantes, mesmo ganhando muito pouco dinheiro e sendo explorados através de metas inalcançáveis. Além disso, o dinheiro que a gente coloca em aplicações financeiras não está rendendo juros e/ou rende menos de 1.000.000% ao ano. Absurdo. Só sou cliente do Banco do Brasil S.A. porque os outros bancos brasileiros conseguem ser piores. Que azar eu ter nascido no Brasil. Brasil é país de gente que não deveria ter nascido. 99,99% dos brasileiros já deveriam estar mortos desde 1983. Povo sem educação, sem dinheiro, sem vergonha, sem ética, etc. Aumentem a taxa selic para 1.000% ou mais ao mês, diminuam em 10.000% a burocracia e leis, aumentem nossos salários, aposentadorias e pensões, zerem a inflação, inadimplência e impostos e permitam o voto facultativo.

  27. great video Christine!

  28. Stop procrastinating while watching a video about procrastination 😂

  29. I was on HBR's YouTube channel watching a video for class, found this one, and then watched a few more. This is so helpful. I am also experimenting with different productivity techniques because working from home is terrible. Thanks for this and your other videos too! Ah well, back to work.

  30. Hands down ! This video is the most first world thing I have ever seen.

  31. This looks more like a promotional video for these companies rather than an advice video

  32. Reply
    Rising To Be - Productivity Tips April 25, 2022 at 11:40 am

    This productivity hack is just what I needed! 💫 Keep rising to be who you want to be! 💫 #keeprising #risingtobe #aswerise #riser

  33. Hi @hbr/ Christine, here’s what i had found over time..
    1. I have disabled all notifications of social media apps, except SMS and Whatsapp. ( Note: I have a seperate whatsapp number for general whatsapp group and does not carry that fone always at hand. Looks at it once a day. Because mostly they have general informations and forward messages)
    2. I list down all i hav to do in a note
    3. Then choose 3 priority items..with priority among them to from 1-3

    This worked out to focus and finish tasks….and off course feeling of self accomplishment

  34. Thank you for making this video.

    My own issue with productivity is that I tend to fall asleep in the quiet environment I put myself in so that I can be productive.

    I started reading a book almost 4 hours ago, and about 50 minutes ago, I went blank. How can I not sleep when I am in a quiet place working? thanks

  35. I would like to see how you synthesize details from an online meeting. What happens when the camera is turned off. How do you organize your thoughts and present them back to colleagues or stakeholders.

  36. Why are HBR making these weird vlog videos?

  37. I was doing work for 5 minutes and naturally opened an extra tab on my chrome browser and got on Youtube to see this video. How timely!

  38. Thanks for your video. It was nice and rewarding.

  39. Sleep. Yes, sleep is required, a prerequisite for getting things done. Without enough sleep nothing happens.

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