The Path to Optimising Your Productivity
The term “productivity” has become the most clichéd of all corporate clichés, following closely in the footsteps of top contenders “synergy” and “out of the box” of course. But this astute observation did not nevertheless deter me from using this word in the title because of major technical reasons that I can only disclose once you’ve read the entirety of my piece. Humans have a general tendency to think they can accomplish a certain task in much less time than it actually ends up taking, a phenomenon formally known as the planning fallacy. You can prevent this by setting realistic goals and reasonable time frames while setting up your schedule. Yes, you need to be mentally and physically prepared for whatever task that is thrown at you. But this is no valid excuse for you to morph into a characterless corporate robot. Never think that letting go of your individuality in favour of an ideal ‘good employee’ impersonation is the way to impress your superiors, or people in general. The only character you should be playing is you. Make it count! Are you turning into a chronic procrastinator? It’s time to make conscious changes. Try to
visualise the end product of each of your tasks before getting down to business. This will tidy up your mind and help you achieve consistency throughout your work.
Filter down your cluster of information to a one-page outline you can easily navigate. Divide your material into clear, understandable and compatible parts to maintain a good flow of work and thoughts.
No human being is expected to be a walking, talking know-it-all. If there is something you do not know or understand, then nothing should stop you from asking for help as this will save you an awful lot of time and energy. Experiment with different work routines in order to ultimately find your best (bearing in mind that what’s best for you today may not be the best for you at a later stage). This includes everything from scheduling your daily tasks to what food to bring for lunch. You need to minimise distractions in order to maintain your focus. This includes eliminating the debilitating urge to check your social media channels every two seconds while working on an assignment.
While you should always strive to follow instructions and deliver satisfying results, you wouldn’t want to be consumed by an insurmountable bulk of work that will leave you physically and psycho-emotionally drained by the end of the day. Let your supervisor know whenever you feel unable to keep up and do not just let it slide.
It’s a tight race between you and the clock. Make sure you have what it takes to win.
There is no such thing as a *perfect* end product. Stop wanting to improve and embellish stuff at the last minute. Learn when to stop and move on to something new or else you might very well end up stuck with the same task for the rest of your existence.