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Pump Up Your Personal Productivity

Posted on March 15, 2005 by Sarah Eaton.

Pavlina's personal productivity pointers:

  • Keep a detailed time log
  • Analyze your results
  • Calculate your personal efficiency ratio
  • Cut back on total hours to force efficiency increase
  • Gradually increase total hours while maintaining peak efficiency

It seems to me that paying that much attention to how you work is a lot of extra (and perhaps unnecessary) work.  But perhaps this falls into that do-it-once-and-change-your-life-habits-for-the-better-forever category.  Thoughts?

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Sure, it's always nice to see productivity go up as a result of hard work but what’s in it for me? I like noticing my work is running as efficient as possible; but if I see little recognition for my work besides a pat on the back, those rigid suggestions of keeping a detailed time log or calculating my personal efficiency ratio seems less attractive. It would seem that simply monitoring every action we do in the workplace to maximize efficiency would be a job in itself.

An article from D. A. Clark points out how efficiency in the workplace starts with its employees with a focus on moral, incentives, and sense of belonging in the workplace. "there is a clear link between employee satisfaction and company performance and profitability. A happy workforce is a productive workforce." So instead of putting all our energy in our individual performance, focus should be centered on creating a working environment that excites, motivates, and pushes its employees.


Posted by: kevin | Mar 16, 2005 1:21:21 PM

I managed a department where I had everyone keep track of their time, so we knew how much time we were spending on each project. At first everyone complained that it would take too much time. Once everyone go use to it, it took very little additional time. In fact it probably took less time because people were aware of what they were spending their time on, so they were less likely to waste it on somehthing that wasn't worth doing.

Posted by: Productivity Blog | Oct 9, 2005 12:18:43 AM

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