The Power of Productivity
You might be forgiven for thinking that Ali Abdaal doesn’t need to be any more productive. In his late twenties, he has already graduated in medicine from Cambridge University, hosts a popular YouTube channel, broadcasts a weekly podcast with his brother, writes a weekly email and blogs on his website. His subjects are wide-ranging - from medicine, playing the piano and guitar, to tech, studying, entrepreneurship and, yes productivity. We caught up with Ali in his London home, where he talks us through his daily routine, how he stays healthy and productive, and what his advice is for a productive 2022.
Prioritise Positive Distraction
“When I was at university, I used to find myself drowning in long study sessions for hours at a time. I realise that while that might help me get a slightly better mark, it wasn’t a healthy habit. So, I started to study with my door open. It meant that my friends would pop in for a chat. These were distractions but they were welcome ones, and it meant I stayed connected with my friends, not just the exam material. Prioritising relationships over work is never a bad thing (although you DO still have to get that work done eventually!)”
Do One Thing
“We’ve all been fed the myth that we should be constantly multi-tasking to be effective. I’m here to tell you that in fact, the opposite is usually true. When my to-do list is overwhelming me, I ask myself this simple question: What’s the one thing I can do today that’ll take the largest load off my shoulders? By sorting out a single activity to complete each day, I feel lighter and happier because I have actually completed some tasks that were weighing me down.”
Buy (and Read) a Book
I’m in the process of writing the first draft of my book, and it’s been a real challenge in beating imposter syndrome, procrastination, perfectionism and all the other stuff that we struggle with. Austin Kleon’s “Keep Going” is a lovely, quick read that I revisit every few weeks whenever I need some inspiration to continue the creative journey. So, whether you’re a big reader or you’ve not picked up a book since school, reading just this book will help you make 2022 your most productive year yet.