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The Right Way to Measure Productivity (and Why It’s Harder Than it Seems)
How you judge work determines how you do it. Choose poorly, and you can end up wasting a lot of time and energy pursuing the wrong things.

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Measuring Productivity: Input vs. Output

Measuring Productivity:  Input vs. Output

There are two extremes of evaluating productivity: Input vs. Output

  • Input: The salaryman works long hours and is mostly judged on input. The person is judged by his ...

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Only Judging Outputs

Some consultants are paid when the company profits go up, but no money is owed when there is no profit.

But, early management theorists noticed just having a consultant made people ...

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Big-Picture and Fine-Grained Detailed

A dimension in measuring productivity is looking at the big picture or fine-grained details.

  • The big picture: Looking back over the years, how much difference did it...

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How to Measure Productivity

What matters most is often the hardest to track. We then measure things we don't care about with the hope that it will give some clarity. The solution:

  • P...

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Dynamic Measurements

Instead of relying on a fixed standard, regularly tweak and adapt what you measure.

Changing what you're measuring may seem like a drawback, but it really makes your w...

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Measuring Employee Productivity

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Fixing employee productivity in the industrial age, when most workers were handling machinery and it’s parts, was a tedious but doable process. The managers had to fix the people who were making mi...

The Old Productivity Formula

The basic productivity formula(productivity= output divided by input) worked well in the industrial age as the output and input were clearly defined and measurable.

Today’s leaders need innovative solutions to measure and improve productivity in a knowledge-based workplace, as the measurement of output and input is not what it was.

Quality And Quantity

While assigning value to the output of knowledge workers, we cannot simply measure the output like before.

Coders and doctors cannot be measured by the hour, as their output is not uniform or consistent every hour.

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What Deep Work Is

A process of performing “professional activities…in a state of distraction-free concentration that pushes your cognitive capabilities to their limit. These efforts create new value, improve ...

Shallow work

The non-cognitively demanding, logistical-style tasks, often performed while distracted, tend not to create much new value in the world and are easy to replicate.

Recognizing our limited willpower

...is the first element of deep work.

That means you won’t have the mental discipline to stay concentrated on a single task unless you prepare your mind and environment to it.

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Your Desk

The “sit-stand desk” is the optimal choice, because you can sit for a portion of the day and stand for the other portion.

Put your monitor high enough to keep your neck straight, s...

Organization

A cluttered desk sometimes triggers a cluttered mind. That's why everything should have its place, even if that place is just “the right-most stack.” A desk system that matches your personal organization style saves both time and headache.

Colors

  • Red accelerates the heart rate, giving you a jolt of energy. Your eye is instantly drawn to red, and it promotes physical activity and emotion.
  • Orange is a social color, encouraging interaction. It works well in meeting rooms or other social spaces.
  • Yellow stimulates creativity and optimism. 
  • Green is calming, and also causes zero eye strain over long periods of time.
  • Blue is calming and stable, it helps most people focus on intensive tasks.
  • Purple stimulates problem solving, despite not being a very popular color in workspace decor.

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