The Ingredients of Productivity

Lisa Crilley Mallis, Capacity Coach

 

The Ingredients of Productivity

Lisa Crilley Mallis, Capacity Coach
ImpactiveStrategies.com

Work Less. Achieve More. Who doesn’t want that?
So the question becomes, “How can you increase your capacity each day?”

How can you become the most efficient, effective, and productive as you possibly can?

I’m reading The Productivity Project: Accomplishing More by Managing Your Time, Attention, and Energy by Chris Bailey. Chris teaches that our definition of productivity has changed over the last 50 years.

During a time when most people worked in factories productivity was measured by doing the job more efficiently. How could you streamline a process so you could produce more widgets in less time?

Now, our work product has shifted a bit. We now deal more in intellectual capital than ever before. Producing more widgets in less time is no longer the biggest measure of productivity. Now productivity is more about how much you accomplish. According to Chris, working SMARTER by managing your time, energy, and attention has become the new definition of productivity.  I couldn’t stop marveling at how interconnected and important all three of the ingredients of productivity are. For example, getting enough sleep requires more time, but it boosts your energy and ability manage your attention. Eliminating noise and distractions also takes time, but helps you manage your attention better because it provides you with more focus and clarity throughout the day. Changing your mindset takes energy and attention, but will let you get more done in less time.

All three are vitally important. If you don’t spend your time wisely, it doesn’t matter how much energy and focus you have – you won’t accomplish a lot at the end of the day. If you can’t focus or bring a lot of attention to what you’re doing, it doesn’t matter if you know what your smartest tasks are or have a ton of energy – you won’t be able to engage fully with your work and become more productive. And if you can’t manage your energy well, it doesn’t matter how well you can manage your time or attention – you’re not going to have enough fuel in the tank to get everything done that you intend to.

When we waste time, we’re procrastinating. When we can’t manage our attention well, we’re distracted. And when we don’t cultivate our energy level, we’re tire, or “burned out”.

How do you manage your time, energy, and attention to make sure you aren’t procrastinating, distracted, or burned out?


Lisa Crilley Mallis is a certified coach, author, and speaker.
She works with focused, successful business owners who are overcommitted and still want to achieve more.
For over 15 years, Lisa has provided customized, real solutions to everyday time management challenges, allowing her clients to accomplish more in less time, without giving up their nights and weekends.