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Dealing with lack of productivity

As a creative, productivity is beyond all the activities we engage in, but rather the result we can derive from all the activities we engage in. take stock of all that you’re currently doing, are you being productive or are you just being busy? There is a huge difference between being busy and being productive; recognizing this difference is the ultimate game changer.

In order to tackle lack of productivity, let’s first identify few reasons why you’re not productive and things you should stop doing in order to achieve maximum result.

Imagine playing a game of soccer without goal posts? That would just be a futile adventure or a training session. The beauty of soccer is the goal post. Take it out and there would be no reason to be on the pitch. You’re surly going to lack productivity if you don’t have a clear target you’re aiming at. There is the famous saying, what you don’t define, you can’t measure and assert progress. How can you be saying you want to be rich or famous or all those wonderful desires and you lack a clear target for how you intend to achieve it? You’re bound to fail or get frustrated and quit.

You can do anything but you surely can’t do all things at the same time. You can’t be studying medicine, law and engineering at the same time. You will end up lacking any. There is always a limit to what you can do per time; to avoid burn out and enhance productivity, cut down on what you’re doing and focus on the major thing you need to be doing. Don’t be a jack of all trade and master of none. Be clear on what has to be done now and focus on it till the result is achieved, then you can take on more task.

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There us the common saying, time is never too short for someone who prepared for an exam. Have you heard someone say, “I could have done better but I didn’t have enough time?” The truth is they won’t have done anything even if you gave them the whole day. The moment you’re not prepared for a task you’re bound to struggle at it. If you find yourself not being productive in any area, ask yourself am I prepared for this? Chances are you lacked preparation.

I am a positive thinking but I also know when to tell myself the truth. It would be near impossible for an elephant to climb a tree, no matter the time available to it, the result will always be the same. Closely related with lack of preparation, lack of competence also contributes to being unproductive. Any area lack competency, you can’t be productive enough at it.

This is one crucial reason a lot of us are not productive. Ever have there been a generation with more distractions like this current generation. You set out to achieve your goals only to log on to social media for “a few minutes” and you end up spending the whole day sliding from one page to the next. Times flies by while you check out for the next skit. There will always be next skit, more humorous, more entertaining than the one you started with. Aside distractions, laziness can be seen in negligence to get the job done. Technology and advancement has somehow become a menace. The current bred of individuals no longer see the need for work. They would rather sit idle and wait for the next big hit. Only to realize things don’t happen that way. No lazy man is ever productive. You can’t be lazy and expect to produce result.

If you’re dealing with the above, now is the time to break free. Time to say no to lack of productivity. Here are a few ways to tackle lack of productivity and ensure maximum result in a fast paced world.

Starting today decide exactly what you need to start doing. Set SMART goals. Just in case you don’t know, that means Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Time bound goals. And also apply the 80/20 rule. This rule stipulates that 20% work account for 80% result while 80% work produce 20% result. Therefore focus on the 20% rather than engage 80% and get nothing tangible. Ask yourself, what do I need to do that affects a larger result? Focus on that and minimize the excess work.

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Knowing when an activity is to be done enhances the chances of completion faster than when you just move with the wind. People who work with a schedule (To-Do list) are far more productive than their counterparts who don’t. At the start of every new week or new day, spend the previous day crafting a schedule for the following day or week. That ensures you have something to measure. Remember what’s not defined can’t be measured. Create a schedule and stick with it.

Deliberately cut out distraction. When it’s time to work, focus primarily on the task and stay with it till it has been completed. Set times when you need to turn off your phone so you can get the job done. Don’t get tempted to check social media, that’s one sure distraction that would rob you of productivity.

Know what you need to do and what should or can be delegated. You don’t have ti do everything yourself for you to be productive. Go back to the 80/20 rule. Focus on what you alone can do and learn to delegate what others can do, that gives you more time to focus on the major task that produces the highest result.

Lack of productivity is not beneficial to anyone which is why we strive daily to ensure we stay productive. However, some of us require extra guidance for us to be productive. If you’re one of those few, we would love to be of assistance to you. Click this link for assistance.

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