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What's Your Productivity Style? How 4 Personalities Can Get More Done



What's Your Productivity Style? How 4 Personalities Can Get More Done
If you're struggling to get more done in a day, it might be because you're thinking of productivity as a one-size-fits-all endeavor, says Carson Tate, author of Work Simply. "We each have a productivity style, influenced by how we think and process information," she says.


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The Prioritizer

The Prioritizer
  • Analytical and competitive.
  • Long-winded explanations set you off.
  • You don't enjoy small talk.
  • Very focused on the outcome or goal.
Productivity boost: Play to your natural competitive streak by timing yourself as you run through routine tasks. Trying to beat your own time will spur you to stay focused.

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The Planner

The Planner
  • Hyper-organized, detail-driven.
  • You thrive on deadlines. 
  • You have every appointment and reminder possible in your calendar.
  • Your biggest pet peeve is when people are running perpetually late. 

Productivity Boost: Batch tasks. Grouping similar tasks together lets you get into a flow state and not waste any time switching between tasks.


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The Arranger

The Arranger
  • A natural-born facilitator.
  • You’re highly intuitive and communicative. 
  • You do your best work with people and on teams, and you understand instinctually what needs to get done to wrap up a project. 

Productivity Boost: You need to intersperse solo work with group work. Spending the entire day holed up in an office will actually backfire.



The Visualizer

The Visualizer
  • Big-picture thinker and risk-taker.
  • You're great at juggling a large variety of work, and you work very quickly.
  • Too much structure drives you crazy because you want time and space to think and brainstorm.

Productivity Boost: To keep your energy and momentum high, break up the boring work with more interesting work.

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Flexibility with remote work

Flexibility with remote work

Usually, working from home is about flexibility. Every single person will have a different schedule, which will make them more productive.

Early risers and night owls

  • Early risers may work from 5 a.m. to 7 a.m., take a break to get kids sorted for school, then start work again at 8:30 a.m and be finished by 2:30 p.m.
  • Some may sleep in and only start working around 10 a.m. They may stop at 3 p.m. and work again between 10 p.m and 1 a.m. when the house is quiet.

It's not always a matter of early versus late. Some people work longer hours on some days to give themselves a break on other days. It's all a matter of fitting work into your lifestyle and when you're most productive.

Batching for productivity

Batching is a common productivity strategy - group similar tasks together so your brain doesn't tire with too much context switching.

For example, to break your day into three-to four-hour work sessions with two- to three-hour breaks or naps in between. That way, you can focus on specific tasks during each session.

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Trim the fat

Multitasking and directing your energy to unimportant tasks and activities will overwhelm and prevent you from being productive.

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Measure your results

To assist you with measuring results instead of time, keep done lists to feel more motivated and focused.

Have an attitude adjustment

We are more effective at work when we have a positive attitude. 

good attitude at work will help you set standards for your work and ensure that you're taking responsibility for yourself.


See if you can cut your tasks and projects lists in half. Then try to cut them even further a few days later.

See which tasks aren't necessary anymore and find the ones that can be del...

Know what’s essential

You really should focus on one goal at a time, but if you want to do 2 or 3, that’s OK too.

Any smaller tasks are essential if they help you accomplish those goals, and not essential if they’re not related.

Simplify your commitments

You can't do it all. Only stick to those commitments in your life that really give you joy and value.

For the rest, you need to learn to say no, and value your time.