Productivity – What Does it Really Mean? (Productivity Series, 2012)
We all define productivity differently, depending on the responsibilities we have, our priorities, and our focus on any given day or time in our life.
Some days, productivity could mean checking off every item on a to-do list of 20; other days if you make one successful phone call that you have been dreading or needing to make, your day is worthwhile; and then there are days when you do nothing but enjoy the weather, some downtime or quality time with meaningful people – and that, too, is quite a “productive” day.
But so many times, in this ever-connected world in which we live, we go on autopilot. We answer every email which begets more emails, in-between taking calls/hosting meetings/handling projects, customers and demands, and all the while trying to focus on the “big picture” of what needs to be done next to get us/our organization/our team to the next level.
Unfortunately, speed and efficiency can be the antithesis of forward movement. Imagine driving down a long expanse of highway amidst scenic mountains and bodies of water. If you are in the driver’s seat, your foot on the accelerator pushing 90 mph, could you really be focusing on the grand environment around you? If you tried to, you would surely CRASH.
Don’t just get things done; get the right things done. Results are always more important than the time it takes to achieve them. Stop and ask yourself if what you’re working on is worth the effort. Is it bringing you in the same direction as your goals? Don’t get caught up in odd jobs, even those that seem urgent, unless they are also important. ~ Marc and Angel
I am guilty of getting caught up in too much, only to realize that this results in less and sometimes nothing. So, in this, the final post of the “Productivity Series”, I’m going to try harder to focus, prioritize, and continually ask myself “Is it bringing me in the same direction as my goals..?”
Wishing You Success,