We live in a time restricted world. We have so many things to do that we often stall. This is not from lack of skill or lack of intelligence. It is simply a lack of process. In order to be productive, you must change that.
Look around your office. You will probably see two different types of people. There is the person who is always going 90 to nothing doing everything (usually dramatically) and expending much energy. You may think at first glance that this work-horse is holding up the weight of the company. Without her extreme workload, surely the business would fail. But, is this true?
The second personality type is the quiet and focused person. They are usually in management. Employees that are type 1 usually resent these people, They believe that they work twice as hard and all that type 2 does is come up with more ways to make them carry the load. From a CEO point of view, this is dead wrong.
The manager is more effective and more productive. They watch details. They have processes in place to see every aspect of the company. They have identified the work-horse. Though she may work hard, she will rarely advance past lower level positions. This is due to the fact that she lets the day control her instead of controlling her day. Her great energy allows her to do her job, but not to every look past it.
Tips for Increasing Productivity
- Do your most important task first
- Not only is this a smart business move, as it ensures that the task is done without issue, but it is also a mental boost. If you put off doing a job that is critical, it will weigh on you. As you handle less important duties you edge toward panic mode. Your disposition changes to one of a self-perceived overworked and under-appreciated person.
- Use a daily calendar and employ time-blocking.
- Many people create a weekly or even monthly to-do list. There is nothing wrong with this, but unless you used a daily calendar, you will not accomplish all that you need to immediately. The method you should use is called time-blocking. You place each item on your calendar and block out the amount of time you can dedicate to working on it. You must stick to the schedule in order to be at your most productive.
- Understand that there is no such thing as multitasking.
- The simple fact is, you cannot do several things at one time and do any of them as well as you can. Do one thing and move it aside and do another. This is productivity
- Make time for your passions
- In order for you to be the best person you can be, you have to invest in yourself. Identify the things you enjoy and determine how much you want to enrich your life with them. For example, maybe you love good coffee. You love to learn about how and where it is grown. You enjoy tasting the different blends, and this brings you happiness. Where do you want to take this?
This is where you add personal growth to professional habits. Make this a project and add it to your schedule. Ask yourself, “What are the best coffee beans?” Research the 10 beans you want to try (before you die) on Home Grounds website.
Once you have chosen the coffee beans you want to try, create a plan of action to do so. The point is, your personal life, loves, and enjoyment is equal to your passion for your work. Be sure to include everything that makes you a well-rounded person. Accomplishing this is the true measure of productivity and success.
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