How Productive Are You? Here Are 8 Ways to Find Out.- Valutrics

There’s a difference between being busy and being productive. While it’s true that both are able to check items off of their to-do-lists, productive check off the right items. Instead of just doing things to get them done, productive people focus on the ways that are going to have to biggest impact in both their personal and professional lives.

So, are you busy? Or, are you productive? Here are 8 ways that you can find out:

1. Do you have a purpose?

Every productive individual sets goals so that they know exactly why they’re doing what they’re doing throughout the day. They have long term goals planned. And, they’re created short-term goals to support those long-term goals.

Having a purpose requires discipline to reach the goals that you’ve set. If you feel that you don’t have a purpose, start working on developing discipline As a business owner, your long-term goal is to build and maintain a successful. However, it takes a system to support and reach those goals. In this case, your system would include marketing, the sales process, operation and being able to meet deadlines.

As Miranda Marquit explained in a previous Due post, “While goals are definitely helpful when it comes to hitting benchmarks and acknowledging milestones, the reality is that they might not provide you with everything you need for long-term staying power. You might be surprised to discover that creating the right systems might help your business even more than goal-setting.”

In order to build the right system, Miranda suggests that you focus on performance measures and acknowledging your continued progress so that you can continue to move forward.

3. What’s your productive work time?

Just because you’re in the workplace from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. doesn’t mean that you’re productive because we all have productivity slumps throughout the day. The first place to look when determining your most productive work time is “If there’s a clear answer, then schedule your work hours based on this [if possible]. Regardless of starting time, always be sure to prioritize your tasks based on importance and/or deadline. If there’s a big, time-sensitive assignment on your to-do list, [work on it] when you have the most energy,” said Kelly Allder, vice president of HR programs at human capital management technology company Ceridian.

Once you’ve answered that question, you next want to determine what’s holding you back getting your work done, such not setting priorities, poor planning, distractions and waiting until the last minute to complete a task. Knowing this information will allow you to adjust your habits so that you can become more productive.

Finally, take note of your productivity peaks. Jot down in a notebook what you’ve accomplished during a workday so that you can identify patterns so that you can work around your most productive patterns. Personally, the Pomodoro Technique, where you break your day into half-hour segments, has done wonders for my productivity.

4. Are you indecisive?

Do you struggle when it comes to making decisions? If so, you may suffer from the dreaded indecisiveness.

Instead of making decisions and moving forward, you spend more time worrying whether or not you’re making the right decisions. Get out of your head and make decisions automatic As Jonathan Fields is a serial-entrepreneur, business strategist, speaker and author, perfectly writes, “In the end, the only bad decision is indecision, because it leads to inaction. And without action, there’s no data. With no experience of life. No information to serve as fuel for evolution, connection, joy, progress. No growth. Just gray.”

5. Do you multitask?

Research has proven time and time again that multitasking doesn’t work. In fact, because you’re switching between various tasks, you may lose 40 percent of your productivity.

Instead of toggling between multiple tasks just to get them done, focus on doing thing at a time so that it’s done well and has all of your attention. Once that has been completed, you can move onto the next task.

6. How quickly do you ask for help?

Instead of waiting until it’s too late and now they’re back into a corner, productive ask for help immediately. For example, if I need 10 new blog posts for Due “Productivity measures are a series of inputs calculated against a series of outputs,” writes Sue-Lynn Carty for “Using productivity measures for can help you determine how to maximize the use of your company’s resources.”

  • Overall sales and productivity. Divide your net sales Tracking your time can boost your productivity since it can help you determine all of the activities that you waste your time. You can start I would also suggest using time tracking software in order to gain insights that you may have overlooked. Thankfully, there’s no shortage of powerful and innovative time tracking companies that can be used to help you boost your productivity.

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    John Rampton

    John Rampton is an entrepreneur, investor, online marketing guru and startup enthusiast. He is founder of the online invoicing company Due. John is best known as an entrepreneur and connector. He was recently named #3 on Top 50 Online Influ…

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