Productivity is essentially a measurement of efficiency.
“the effectiveness of productive effort, especially in industry, as measured in terms of the rate of output per unit of input.”
Improving productivity in your business helps you get more accomplished in less time and although there will be times where you’d much rather chill out on the couch and watch TV; it’s important to understand that what you do in your business today will affect it 3 months down the road.
For some people, it’s easier to view productivity in the currency of time rather than efficiency. If you think about the fact there are only 24 hours in a day, 60 minutes in an hour, and 60 seconds in a minute. If you live 60 years, you will have lived 525,600 minutes. Psychologically that works for some people and while you can lose and gain money, esteem, friends, possessions and more, the one commodity you can never get back is time.
It’s time to make the most of the 525,600 minutes you have left!
Productivity in business is not simply doing something for the sake of getting it done. It’s about doing the right things at the right time to achieve maximum efficiency for your effort.
Believe it or not, efficiency is sometimes about doing nothing at all. Taking a break or time out to mentally prepare for what comes next is also being efficient. When managing my clients diaries and workload, downtime is always something I always ensure they include to recharge their batteries as well as baring in mind their preferences when it comes to booking meetings or calls… the minute something starts to feel like a chore the more likely you are going to give it up.
The real key to remember is that everyone has unique needs when it comes to maximizing efficiency for optimal productivity. Not one thing works for everyone as well as the fact we all have different goals and intentions too!
If your goal is to accomplish more in less time, work smarter not harder and spend more time doing the things you love, then you need to make the following seven steps the foundation of your work week!