As a career coach, I spend a lot of time working with people to boost their productivity. You might not expect that, but productivity is a mystery for many people. Some days, you grind away, blowing through your to-do list. Other days, it seems as if you can’t get anything done.
It is about using your time, energy, and other resources effectively. When you master productivity, you naturally experience less stress. You swiftly accomplish things with minimal effort and move quickly towards your goals.
Productivity is an important skill both inside the workplace and out. Productive professionals contribute on a level that brings real value to their organization. When you’re truly productive, you experience a great sense of job security, because you know your importance to the success of your team.
Outside of work, people who are productive even have better relationships. They spend time with family and friends without worrying about their growing to-do list or all the errands they should be running. Instead, they’re simply concentrating on having a good time because they know they’re already on top of everything else.
Answer these simple questions and assess your level of productivity.
Do you have a purpose?
Every productive person sets goals so that they know exactly the reason why they’re doing what they’re doing throughout the day. They have long-term goals planned, and they have created short-term goals to support those long-term goals. If you feel that you don’t have a purpose, start working on developing discipline by knowing your priorities and what you truly desire in life.
Do you have a system in place to support your goals?
Goal-setting should be backed up by building the right support system. For instance, as a business owner, your long-term goal is to build and maintain success. In this case, your system would include marketing, sales process, operation, and being able to meet deadlines. In order to build the right system for your goals, focus on performance measures, and acknowledge your progress so that you can continue to move forward.
When are you most productive?
Again, productivity means using your time effectively. Just because you’re in the workplace for an eight-hour shift doesn’t mean that you’re productive because we all have productivity slumps throughout the day. To determine your most productive work time, ask yourself if you are an early bird or a night owl? Next, determine what’s holding you back from getting your work done, such as not setting priorities, poor planning, distractions, and procrastination. Knowing this information will allow you to adjust your habits so that you can become more productive. Lastly, take note of your productivity peaks. Write down what you’ve accomplished during a workday so that you can identify and work around your most productive patterns.
Do you multitask?
Studies have proven many times that multitasking doesn’t work. In fact, because you’re switching between different tasks, you may lose 40 percent of your productivity. So, instead of toggling between multiple tasks, focus on doing one thing at a time. List down all daily tasks, rank them according to your priorities, break large tasks into smaller pieces, and do one thing well at a time.
Do you track your time?
Tracking your time can boost your productivity since it can help you determine all of the activities that you waste your time on. As you review this information you may realize that you spend too much time on activities that actually kill your productivity such as watching TV, browsing through social media, and chatting with friends. If so, then start working on ways to deal with constant and unnecessary interruptions.
The Secret to Boost Your Productivity
It’s not that you aren’t capable of being a highly productive person; you just don’t know the tricks. Productive people have a few secrets up their sleeves. If you’re dying to know what they are – and how you can use them too – you’re in luck. I revealed the ways you can adjust your habits and mindset like successful productive people in my e-book, Success Habits.
If you want to learn more about how you can hone your productivity skills, you can also read up on my books Limitless Success and Wired for Uncommon Success. Head on to my shop, and check out my entire list of great self-help books to read.