Understanding Increasing Personal Productivity and Finding Your Why
When you talk about increasing productivity, you probably think it has to do with a company’s ability to produce a certain number of products and services during a single day.
Or, you may think about the cost of the resources that went into the creating of those products. You gauge whether or not the company is productive and profitable. However, I think it is equally important to consider you own personal productivity and finding your WHY.
How would you gauge whether or not you are a productive member of your community, in your job or business, or in your family?
Being productive is about being able to deliver on both your professional and personal fronts, because a complete and successful person is someone that is productive in all areas of their life.
Being personally productive is also an individual view because everyone has their own ideas about how productive they are throughout their day. You might think that if you managed to do all the tasks you’ve assigned yourself on a given day, that you were extremely productive. Or, you might think that since you managed to get a lot of work done within a short time that you have a productive day.
There are also those people who equate productivity with success and money. They might think they are productive because they have an expensive car or a large house. While others might think they’ve been productive because they’ve been able to accomplish activities that have made a difference in others’ lives.
Ultimately, being productive is about being able to complete particular tasks on a given day that will help you attain the goals you’ve set for yourself in life. Each job that you successfully complete should take you one step closer to your goals.
This is what being productive is all about. Personal productivity also involves discovering your why and choosing the goals that are close to your heart.
Those are the goals you must prioritize over all others!
Finding Your Why
When it comes to increasing productivity, you have to be able to find your why. Your why is what gets you out of bed in the mornings, it’s the reason you work hard at the office, or spend the extra hours studying.
It is your motivation, your drive, and your reason for wanting to get things done.
Everyone’s why is different, but it is essential that you find out what yours is and keep it close to your heart. Before you can begin to become more personally productive, you need to make sure that you have discovered your why, and that you put it into practice.
If this isn’t something that you’ve ever heard before, it might be a bit confusing and challenging for you at first.
You may be wondering how exactly you find your why, and how do you know when you’ve found it?
When you find your why, it will resonate deeply within you. It will be a clear, guiding beacon of motivation that will remind you to stay on course, remind you why you are choosing to work instead of play.
You will know it when you find it, and it will stick with you. If you have been honest with yourself, then you will know your why when you find it.
It can be tricky at first to find your why. However, there are several steps that you can take to determine your why.
Discover Your Core Values
The first step to discovering your why is to figure out your core values.
Do you value honesty?
Are you motivated by love, duty, or something else?
What values do you live your life by and carry with you in your heart?
The chances are high that you have never had to try and articulate your core values before, so it can be challenging to put a name to these feelings, but it can be extremely helpful in making sure that you achieve what you’ve set out to do.
Take some time to write down what you value. Remember, this is for your own personal use. Don’t put anything down that is false, or things that you think you should value.
It is vital that you are true to yourself, even if you find it challenging. Being true in this step will make you far more successful in your endeavors.
Consider what you spend most of your time doing. Think about what you would like to spend your time doing.
This can provide you with a strong indication of where your interests lie and what might be motivating you to continue forward.
For instance, if you spend all your time working, but really want to spend time with your family, then you have gotten closer to unlocking your motivation.
You don’t have to worry about tracking the exact minutes you spend on each activity, but it is good to have a basic idea of where your time is being spent compared with how you would like to spend it.
Write down your thoughts and feelings on this topic.
Take a good look at your core values, and where you spend your time; considering them carefully.
Out of these two things, you should be able to narrow down your focus. This is your why. This is why you are working so hard.
Focus on this and keep it on the top of your mind and your heart as you move through your journey. It is one of the essential tools that you have for improving your personal productivity.
Determine What is Most Important to You
Next, you need to determine what is most important to you.
Are money and security necessary to you?
Or is it freedom?
Do you value your time or your comfort?
What about both?
Take some time to consider what is valuable to you and what you are striving to accomplish. Perhaps you feel that your family is more valuable to you than your time and that their security and comfort comes first.
Maybe you are seeking to make sure that you have a future that is brighter than your past.
It doesn’t matter what is valuable to you, what matters is that you know what it is.
Take a good, long look at your life and at your past.
Who do you want to be, where are you looking to go?
What is the most valuable thing that you have?
This is going to vary from person to person, but before you move forward with the more practical steps to increase your productivity, take a moment to consider this.
If you ignore these things when trying to boost your productivity, you’ll continue to find yourself sliding backward and watching as your productivity continues to drop.
You will only make real progress when you focus on your core values and what is most important to you. This is one of the most important things that you can do if you want to increase your productivity and get more done. Get started NOW with these simple steps!