When you are thinking about winning in business and winning in life…it comes down to productivity. One of the biggest mistakes people make is confusing action and activity with accomplishment. Productivity is not about how much effort you put towards something. Productivity is actually the result of your talents, time, and energy you put towards your goals.
Over my career, productivity is a result that I consistently produce. Let me share some tips to help you deliver productivity.
Tip #1 – Know Your Talents Well
When you are doing something that you are good at, you’ll fall in love with the tasks of getting things done. In this case, you are driving tasks and the tasks aren’t driving you. Sometimes you need an outsider to give you feedback on where your talents lie. Once you have that feedback, you will make better choices on what activities you take on to reach your goals.
Tip #2 – Spend Your Time & Energy Wisely
Don’t waste time. Yeah, that sounds cliché – but if you have goals to reach, it’s important that you cancel out ‘time wasters’. Focus your time only on activities that are necessary for your goals.
Energy is important as well. You don’t want to do critical things when you are tired or when you are stressed. Determine when is the best time of day for you to work on something. Understand when your energy levels are typically at their peak. Energy has to do with your focus.
Tip #3 – Choose The Right Tasks
A lot of times we work hard on things that don’t matter. We put our effort and enthusiasm into things that don’t move the needle. So if you want productive results, you have to choose wisely. You need to decide to work only on things that will give you the biggest return on the investment you are making of your time, effort and energy.
This is hard for most people. It’s easier to say yes to every project that comes across your desk. It makes you look flexible and dependable. What’s harder is to say no. But if you change your thinking a bit, it’s less about saying no, and more about only saying yes to the right things.
- Say yes to those projects that give you visibility at work.
- Say yes to things that will have the most impact on your career.
- Say yes to what adds the most value to your organization.
And then say no to everything else.
Delivering productivity is not easy, but it’s doable. Remember to evaluate the outcomes that you get from the time, the talent, and the energy that you put into something. This will help you determine how productive you really are.
Donald is the CEO of Creative Allies and an accomplished author writing about business, leadership, an entrepreneurship. His series of ebooks, Leadership Lessons, go into more detail about achieving productivity.
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