Everyone talks about productivity. But what does it mean? The dictionary definition is: producing or able to produce large amounts of goods, crops, or other commodities; or achieving a significant amount or result. So in simple terms: lots of stuff being created. But is it just lots of stuff or is it the right stuff? Could you consider yourself productive if you create a lot of the wrong things? Or what about if you create lots of the right things, but in a wrong way? Lots of questions, I know. Let’s see if we can answer them.
I came across a great graphic the other day on the “Life Live Well” blog that I would like to share with you. It looks like this:
I adapted the look of it slightly since the image didn’t copy well, but the message stays the same. You can do all the right things, but if you do them wrongly you won’t be effective. Also, you can do things really well, but if they aren’t the right things, you will never be efficient. Only when you do the right things in the right way, only then will you be productive.
To do the right things, you need to align your activities with your goals. Are the tasks and projects you are setting yourself in line with what you are trying to achieve long term? If not, you need to consider whether you are doing the right things.
To do things right you need to know how to best do those things. This could mean outsource, but this could also mean that you need to improve your skills or it could mean that you need some tools you haven’t yet at your disposal. These tools include time management skills and other productivity tools.
Consider a goal setting session with a coach to get yourself on the right track of doing the right things. And have a think about whether you might need some time management tools or strategies to improve your workflow. Here at Well Organised that is something we can help with. Why not drop me a line or give me a call for an informal chat. I would love to talk to you and see how we can work together so that you can become as productive as you would like to be.