There is no correlation between productivity and the time available to accomplish a task. Some mistakenly assume that having less time to accomplish something will increase productivity. The keys to productivity may shorten the time to accomplish a task, but not the other way around.

Efficiency experts look at various keys to increase productivity. 

  1. Prioritize your work and tackle the more important tasks first.
  2. Reduce distractions and delay paying attention to them until the end of the day.
  3. Take on difficult tasks early in the day when you are fresh.
  4. Break down projects into manageable pieces.
  5. Take a five-minute break every hour.
  6. Reduce the amount of unimportant decisions to be made.
  7. Reduce or eliminate emails needed to communicate.
  8. Don’t wait for inspiration, get started.
  9. Focus- don’t multitask.
  10. (10)Get enough rest.

The proposition that having 6 hours to accomplish something rather than 8 has nothing to do with either productivity or efficiency. Shortening the workday does not increase efficiency, productivity or creativity. Having more leisure time may lead to more rest or recreation, but not by itself. 

The above principles are proven to increase productivity. If people do not have efficient work habits, shorter work days would not increase their productivity.