Productivity varies in 3 ways

One size does not fit all!

Productivity is highly individual we all differ in 3 major ways:

  1. Learning modalities, styles.
  2. Ways of doing, remembering things.
  3. Energy and attention cycles.

As a Productivity and Organizing Professional I help clients find strategies that integrate with their strengths and preferences. The key to being more organized, productive, and managing your time must take all 3 into account.

Productivity and learning style

Productivity is enhanced when your learning style and organizing systems are aligned. We each process information differently and have a preferred learning modality. Are you a visual, auditory, or multi sensory learner?

Setting up organizing systems that work with instead of against your preferred learning style will make your systems easier to use on a daily basis and thus more likely to become a habit.

Productivity |Ways of doing, remembering

Productivity can be helped or hindered if we don’t take into account the ways we do and remember things best . This is more confusing than ever for some people because there are so many digital options and the perceived pressure to go paperless. It doesn’t have to be one or the other, paper or digital, as long as you are not creating more work for yourself.

Consider your answers to these 7 questions:

  1. Do you prefer to write things down because you need to see them?
  2. Does writing things down on paper increase the likelihood that you will remember and/or do them?
  3. Can you retrieve important information more easily when it is written down?
  4. Do you create multiple lists with items that are redundant (same item on more than 1 list)?
  5. Do you spend time rewriting lists?
  6. Does deleting digital information feel the same (as good) as checking or crossing it off your list on paper?
  7. Do you have sticky notes everywhere, and if so, does it enhance productivity or just create clutter?

Productivity | Energy cycles

What improves your productivity?

Productivity is absolutely affected by your mental and physical energy cycles. When is your mental and physical energy optimal? Are you a morning or an evening person? What enhances or depletes your energy and focus? Identifying those things that improve your stamina, mental clarity, and mood is very helpful.

Consider these 5  factors:

  1. How much sleep do you get each night versus how much you need?
  2. Do you benefit mentally and physically after a “power nap”?
  3. Does your productivity improve with regular exercise?
  4. Does a daily meditation ritual or other regular practice give you more energy?
  5. What are your eating and hydration habits on a daily basis? This includes a variety of factors such as nutritionally balanced meals, a regular meal schedule, eating mindfully (rather than at the computer, in the car, etc.), drinking the recommended amount of water.

As you wade through these questions I hope that you feel empowered to identify those things that will make a positive difference and are within your control.