PRODUCTIVITY AND SUCCESS: THE ULTIMATE COMBINATION

Is productivity and success one in the same?

Productivity has been all the buzz over the past few years. Coaches posting inspirational videos on crushing your day. However- has anyone really broken down the nitty gritty details of productivity and using it to our advantage.

In recent years, the internet has become chock full of articles on how to increase productivity. Not only that, but there are also dozens of published books in the business and self-help realm that discuss the same matter. It seems as if it has become a way of life. 

Lists of ways to be productive are everywhere we turn our heads, but how effective is the information within them? Oftentimes our own trial and error is the only way to determine different levels of productivity since everyone is unique and works differently. 

Contrary to what some may believe, being busy and being productive are two different things. Sometimes they may be used interchangeably, but typically being “busy” constitutes doing tasks that are time consuming, but unnecessary.

Being “productive” is a bit more specific. The literal dictionary definition of productivity is “the quality of being productive or having the power to produce,” which is obvious. But from an economic standpoint, productivity could also mean “the ratio of the quantity and quality of units produced to the labor per unit of time.”

Productivity is often associated with our work we do for our career each day and essentially is the amount of impact created each hour, day, or week and it very much so equates to success.

Let’s face it, it is not possible to be successful in a career where productivity levels are low. If the hard work is not being put in, results will most definitely not be seen. This is why productivity is so important. 

When the pandemic began last year, so many people had to make the adjustment to working from home. This was a new phenomenon for some, but it was the norm for employees of some companies or self-employed people who already were working from home previously. 

When this occurred, it wasn’t surprising when so many questions about productivity, or lack thereof, were asked. But now here we are a little over a year later and so many people have stated that working remotely makes them feel like their productivity has actually increased. 

I found a Business News Daily article from last year that I found very interesting. It explains all of the benefits of working from home and how it leads to increased productivity and, eventually, increased success.

In this article, it describes a survey. This survey polled 1,004 full-time employees all over the U.S. about different aspects of their work life. Approximately half of the respondents worked from home. The survey unveiled that the remote workers felt more productive throughout the day. 

Being in your own home is especially comforting, but not having to be in the office also allows for more chances to take short breaks between work tasks. This article also describes the Pomodoro Technique, which looks like this:

  1. Choose a task.
  2. Work on said task for 25 minutes.
  3. Put a check mark on a sheet of paper after the 25 minutes are up.
  4. Take a short five-minute break. After this break, one “Pomodoro sprint” has been completed.
  5. Take a longer break after every four Pomodoro sprints.
  6. Continue this process throughout your workday.

The Pomodoro Technique has helped many remote workers increase their productivity because stepping away from your desk, even if it’s only for a few short minutes, allows you to breathe and readjust your focus. 

Also, working on just one task at a time and being productive in that sense is much more efficient than trying to juggle multiple tasks at once. Multitasking rarely works and it is much better to complete everything in its entirety one by one rather than produce subpar results across the board.

Another way that employees that work from home remain productive is by having a block of set work hours. Doing so helps to maintain a routine and have some structure. Make sure to set an alarm in the morning to avoid oversleeping. Treat each day as if you were getting ready to go into the office.

As a writer, I am able to work from anywhere as long as I have my laptop and internet connection. I, too, have discovered some productivity hacks from various articles I have read or just by speaking to fellow writers. I am always looking for ways to increase my time management and productivity, especially with being self-employed and working remotely. 

I have found that creating a personalized work area allows me to get into the proper headspace when I write. I love my in-home office and the way my desk is set up. It feels very relaxing and inviting to me. It brings me joy whenever I sit down at my desk to create content.

I always have a coffee or tea within reach while I’m writing and I also keep a foot massager machine underneath my desk. 

I have also discovered that writing a physical to-do list, as in one with pen and paper, is very beneficial for me. If I type a list into my phone, I find myself not looking at it as much as I do a physically written one. It’s also so satisfying to me when I can pick up a pen and cross off each task that I complete. 

Another way that helps me increase my productivity is setting a timer on my phone, usually for about 30 minutes, and seeing what I can accomplish during the allotted time. I keep my phone on silent and out of my sight as well. I am always surprised by how much work I end up finishing by the time the timer rings.

Learning ways to make myself more productive as a writer is definitely increasing my success as one as well. I have found that practicing the above methods has allowed me to write faster, and thus getting more work done. 

Productivity absolutely does equate to success if you can find the means to make it as such. It is indeed the ultimate combination.

References:

https://www.businessnewsdaily.com/15259-working-from-home-more-productive.html#:~:text=Working%20From%20Home%20Increases%20Productivity&text=According%20to%20one%20study%2C%20remote,weeks%20of%20work%20per%20year.

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