What is productivity really?
Productivity describes various measures of the efficiency of production. Often, a productivity measure is expressed as the ratio of an aggregate output to a single input or an aggregate input used in a production process, i.e. output per unit of input, typically over a specific period of time.The most common example is the (aggregate) labour productivity measure, e.g., such as GDP per worker.
Productivity is a crucial factor in production performance of firms and nations. Increasing national productivity can raise living standards because more real income improves people’s ability to purchase goods and services, enjoy leisure, improve housing and education and contribute to social and environmental programs. Productivity growth can also help businesses to be more profitable.
The classic productivity definition is “a way to measure efficiency”.
What Productivity Means To You?
Being productive doesn’t mean doing multiple activities in a day or in a prescribed period of Time. It actually means, you complete what you had wanted to do or what all you had put-in to accomplish in that period, based on your potential, skills and capability and which you really enjoyed performing, so that it added meaning to the time spent.
This is how we can learn to manage time and be productive.
So, try to enhance your productivity,rather than running a race.
But hang in there !!
Productivity without passion is just checking goals off a list, you must know.
Do you want to be the best version of yourself?
Yes, is it !
So, better capitalise your time now and be the productive you want to be- Says Hirav Shah.
Hirav Shah’s Complete Guide To Get Productive
1.Enjoy the journey- Goals are important, but not at the expense of happiness now. It’s important to maintain a balance between going where you want to go, and being happy as you go there. It’s easy to forget that, so be sure to remind yourself of this little, but important, tip as you make your journey.
2.Create a morning and evening routine-These are two great ways to add structure to your day, make sure you review your goals and log your progress, and get your day off to a great start. An evening routine, for example, could be a great way not only to wind down from a long day and review how your day went, but to prepare yourself for your next day so the morning isn’t so hectic. Your morning routine is a great way to greet the day, to get some exercise or meditation or quiet contemplation, or to get some writing or other work done.
3.Develop special relationships- It’s great to have a special someone, of course, but intimate relationships could be found with anyone around you. If you have a significant other, be sure to spend time each day and each week with that person, to work on your relationship and communicate and continue to bond.
But if you don’t, there’s no need to despair (if in fact you are) … intimate relationships can be developed with friends, other family members, kids, roommates, classmates, co-workers. Every single person we meet is a fellow human being, with the same desires for happiness, for food and shelter, for an intimate connection. Find that common thread, be open and sincere, find out more about each other, understand each other, and give love. This can be one of the most important things you do.
4.Eliminate debt – Financially, this is a huge way to relieve stress and make you feel much more secure.
5.Enjoy the simple pleasures- You can find these everywhere. Food, sunsets, sand between your toes, fresh-cut grass, playing with your child, a good book and a warm bed, dancing in the rain, your favorite music. You could probably make a list of 20 simple pleasures right now, things you enjoy that you could find every day. Sprinkle those little pleasures throughout your day. It makes the journey much more enjoyable.
6.Empty your inbox and clear your desk- This might take a little while to do at first, but once you’ve emptied your inbox and cleared off your desk, it doesn’t take long to keep them clear from then on.
7.Keep a journal- It is rewarding. For a bad long term memory, keeping a journal can help enhance productivity.
8.Limit your information intake- In our lives today, we get a tremendous amount of information through email, blog feeds, reading websites, paperwork, memos, newspapers, magazines, television, DVDs, radio, mobile phones and Blackberries. Not only can this be overwhelming, but it can be distracting and can fill up your life until you have no time for more important things.
9.Create simple systems –Once you’ve simplified your life, the way to keep it simple is by creating systems for everything you do regularly. Create an efficient system for laundry, mail and paperwork, errands, your workflow.
10.Take time to decompress after stress-There will inevitably be times in your life when you go through high stress. Perhaps several times a week. To maintain your sanity, you need to find ways to decompress.
11.Develop equanimity- Keep your sanity through all the challenges that life throws at you. Rude drivers, irritating co-workers, mean commenters on your blog, inconsiderate family members.
12.Spend time with family and loved ones-One of the things that can lead to the greatest happiness, make this a priority every week, every day. Clear off as much time as possible to spend with those you love, and truly enjoy those times.
13.Pick yourself up when you’re down- There will always be times in our lives when we get a little down, even depressed.
Don’t compare yourself to others.This is hard to do, but it can be a great way to accept who you are and what you have.
Whenever you find yourself comparing yourself to a co-worker or a friend, stop. And realize that you are different, with different strengths. Take a minute to appreciate all the good things about yourself, and to be grateful for all the blessings in your life
14.Be Strategic With Your Tasks- Analyze any problems with your productivity and come up with solutions.
15.Don’t Multitask- Focus on a single task at a time, and complete it before you move onto the next task
16.Prioritize -Don’t overwhelm yourself with tasks; create a to-do list and prioritize your daily tasks.
17.Form New Habits-Examine your habits, both in and out of the workplace, and find ways to improve them.
18.Give yourself something nice to look at-
It may sound unlikely, but some research shows outfitting an office with aesthetically pleasing elements–like plants–can increase productivity by up to 15 percent. Jazz up your office space with pictures, candles, flowers, or anything else that puts a smile on your face.
There’s a big difference between movement and achievement; while to-do lists guarantee that you feel accomplished in completing tasks, they don’t ensure that you move closer to your ultimate goals. There are many ways to increase your productivity; the key is choosing the ones that are right for you and your ultimate goals.
As you work toward becoming more productive, you’ll cut down on wasted time and you’ll get back to focusing on what it is you really care about.
Focus on being productive instead of busy.
If you can change the way you think about your daily tasks, you can increase your productivity once and for all- Concludes Hirav Shah, Business Astrologer, Consultant & Strategist.