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Productivity Personalities

Just like all people are unique, so is the way each person approach productivity.

There are many different types of productive personalities:

  • The productivity guru
  • The excitable extrovert
  • The people person
  • The competitive spirit
  • The soul searcher

Figuring out which productive personality you are will help you to tap into your most effective self.

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Time Management

The Wild Procrastinator

You are indecisive and often deals with things in the nick of time. But procrastination has a physical and social toll as your body and your coworkers get stressed over it.

Solution: Reserve time for work and start in small chunks. After starting, it’s easier to continue. Forcing yourself to start makes use of the Zeigarnik Effect, which states that not finishing a task creates mental tension and the only way to alleviate the anxiety is by completing what you started.

Productivity: The 24 Hours Of The Day
  • We all have the same number of hours given to us for a day. It’s up to us how we use those hours.
  • Productivity means simplifying our work, getting it done in a faster, smarter and efficient way, with the idea of the saved time being used for doing things that we love.
  • The concept of managing one’s time, which can’t be stored, borrowed or saved for later use, is the core skill one needs to learn to be productive.
Just like our muscles, studies show that our ability to make smart decisions gets worn down as the day goes on.

Cut out and automate as many non-essential decisions as possible to preserve your mental muscles and willpower.

  • Practice with meaning, purpose, gratitude, peace, focus and full presence.
  • Physical reminders and cues work best to help us remember our tasks or the way we have to do our tasks.
  • If we see a reminder, we generally have a tendency to ignore it, and we have to fight that default mode of behaviour, going against the resistance and moving towards the practice.

"If at first you don’t succeed, try, try, again” is a popular saying but, to count as truly helpful advice, it should say: "If at first you don’t succeed, practice, practice, practice, and then try, try, again”

Building habits is a long-term game, there's no immediate fix.

The Perception Game Of Organizations

Many managers and even entire organizations perceive employees who spend more time working at the desk, coming early and leaving late from work, as sincere, dependable and hard-working.

Managers expect workers to show their face in ‘work-mode’ at the desk, using the principle of hour-based productivity. This observational activity of managers ‘clocking’ their employee’s desk time, no matter what the level of productivity is, is called Passive Face-Time.

The Basics of Productivity

Three overarching principles apply to all productivity tips.

  • Start with small increments. You can't expect to instantly change years of working habits overnight. Start with one tip, and keep adding more as you find strategies that work for you.
  • Be accountable. Answering to someone else can often force you to get the job done, be it a co-worker or setting your own deadlines and announcing them to others.
  • Forgive yourself. Accept that you will slip up with times or become distracted. It's better to move on than to dwell on your mistakes.
Time Debt

The choices we make to ‘borrow’ our personal time to get work done works against us in the long run, just like the money borrowed from a credit card has to be paid back with interest in the future. This means more work or expenditure of resources in the future to get things back on track.

**Time debt has to be paid back, and the interest paid is focus and attention, which has been robbed from us with the time we have loaned out to other tasks.

Most leaders have familiar approaches to managing time: setting goals, planning, delegating, tracking commitments, and creating to-do lists. While these approaches do help in self-organization, they are not adequate in helping achieve high levels of sustainable, long-term performance.

The challenge is to have a fast-paced occupation while avoiding burnout, slippage, and sub-optimal performance.

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