How to Maintain Your Personal Productivity in the Face of a Crisis

In some organizations, personal productivity is shredded by a succession of crises. Every day there is another one or two. Some are old ones repeated and some are brand new ones that have never been seen before. If you are to maintain your personal productivity how are you going to handle crises that suck up your time, drain your energy, make you defer your important priorities and leave you exhausted the end of the working day?

The crisis may come round any corner, may involve any person at any level within the organization or any supplier or customer. Whatever the source of the crisis, the outcomes are sadly similar. The crisis will divert you from your important priorities for the day even though an important deadline is getting closer, you, on the other hand, are stuck with the task of resolving the crisis. At this stage, the enemy of personal productivity appears. Murphy. When you are confronting a crisis, your boss decides that there are other tasks that are important. Then, in the middle of the crisis something else goes wrong. This winds up the tension and creates an environment where tempers get shorter and blame is allocated, sometimes in a loud voice.

Management by crisis means reacting to a crisis and dealing with it after it has occurred. The best way of handling crises is keep them from occurring. With the 20/20 vision of hindsight, it is normally possible to see how to prevent it happening again in the future or to reduce the impact of the crisis. A lot of people will say, “But that’s impossible, if I knew it was going to happen I could plan for it.” These same people, have a first aid kit, a spare tire in their car, food in the cupboard as well as an emergency number by the phone. Now, they don’t know when they might need them but you do know there’s a pretty good chance that you will need them at some point. As a result of this knowledge they have taken reasonable precautions.

To maintain your personal productivity it is worthwhile using the same process. You cannot predict when a crisis will occur, but you can minimize the impact by some careful planning. You may even be able to prevent it. Get yourself and your team into the habit of asking, “What could possibly go wrong here?” Then, “If we fixed that, what else could go wrong?” By trying to anticipate what is likely to happen, you and your team are in a stronger position to fix or alleviate the problem quickly. This means that personal productivity will not be damaged to the same extent. Furthermore, it will leave a sense of achievement with the people who have fixed the problem.

Passion and Personal Productivity

We all want to be more productive. We have a natural human desire to achieve. We have desires, goals and dreams. We crave getting from “here” to “there” and we and to find the way to make that trip as quickly and efficiently as possible. That requires a high degree of personal productivity.

Being productive is more than simply trading out couch and television time for more work. It’s not just a matter of having the right blueprints and flowcharts in front of us (though a good plan certainly can help). The real trick to becoming more productive is to follow our hearts. It might sound hokey, but you can maximize your personal productivity by following your most deeply held passions.

When we encounter uninteresting jobs and tasks, it’s hard to complete them. Why is it so tough to get those annoying things done when it’s so easy to tackle a project that fascinates us? Passion leads to engagement. Engagement boosts productivity. It’s that simple.

You’re never going to find a situation where you exclusively do things you love. Life isn’t quite that pleasant, no matter who you are. You’ll always have chores and responsibilities that you don’t like. However, even those are easier to manage when you know that you’re going to spend the bulk of your times engaging your passions.

Think about what really excites you. What do you love? What matters most to you? What are your passions? Isolate them and look at them carefully. Then, look at your life. How much of your time revolves around those passions? Are they part of your everyday life? Are they central to your employment or work situation?

If you notice a gap between your passions and your real-life schedule, it’s time to make adjustments. It’s time to commit yourself to pursuing the things that matter–to making them an integral part of your life. When you make that shift, you’ll suddenly discover just how incredibly productive you really can be.

The adjustment isn’t necessarily easy. You might have to make a few big changes. But when you do, you’ll find yourself happier. You’ll notice that you’re moving from “here” to “there” at rocket speed. You’ll finally understand what drives real personal productivity.

Personal Productivity – 7 Spiritual Tips to Help You Live a Life of Success and Fulfillment

Personal productivity is an area many people struggle with. Just try to find your way to a motivational seminar near you and you’ll find the streets clogged with cars and the parking lots filled to the brim. Business seminar companies rake in millions of dollars every year trying to tell you how to become more productive.

However, boosting your personal productivity does not require you to fork over thousands of dollars of your hard earned money to someone you will only see for a few minutes…while you go on to live the rest of your life still stuck with you.

Instead, if you make a daily, weekly and monthly ritual out of the suggestions below, you will find that you will boost your personal productivity and experience feelings of success and fulfillment in ways you probably have not experienced before.

1. Acknowledge Your Mortality

Most people hate to think about this. If the world continues to operate as it has for millennia, even you will die someday. This is important to remember because it frees you to think about what is really important for you to spend your life doing.

2. Set Goals And Plan Your Day

Set goals for your business, your career, your health, and even your spiritual life. Decide today how many people you want to serve or help before your time is up. Decide how many people you want to say “Thanks” to, or to say “I love you” to each week. Write down specific 3 month, 1 year, 5 year and 10 year goals, and then fill out your daily calendar for each do so that you will reach your goal.

3. Live Consciously

Much of our lives are set to pre-programmed algorithms. Wake up. Clean up. Go to work. While these algorithms help us not to be stuck learning a new pattern every day, they can also become a mental crutch that robs us of our creativity and vitality. Make it a point to observe something special every day. Take a moment to think about the things you do automatically (before you do them) and decide whether they actually contribute to your goals.

4. Surrender Your Ego

As author Christine Comaford-Lynch once instructed, “Resign from being governor of the universe”. Good advice. Think about the things you can control, and recognize those that you cannot. Only hold yourself responsible for those things that you can control. By the way, be realistic about what is in your control and what is not.

5. Live an Epic-Driven Life

Dream up an exciting, inspiring and awe-inducing story (or “epic”) starring you. Then set a goal to “act out” that story. Whether you accurately live out your epic or not, you will find that you will add richness and spice to your life just by living out a series of epics – one after another.

6. Love Intentionally and Passionately

Show those around you that you love them. Not just your friends and family, but your employees, members of your community. Remember that love is an act of will – a decision you make. Love is about decision and action. The feelings just follow those around.

7. Seek Balance

Enjoy yourself, but strive for moderation. Do things that resonate with common sense. Work and play in equal parts. Include time for naps when you plan your leisure time. Take time to exercise because the research indicates that mind, body, and feelings are far more intricately connected than most of us ever acknowledge.

Conclusion

One of the most profound truths hidden in plain sight is that you will not “feel” successful unless you take joy in attaining every day goals. By setting and reaching personal productivity goals every single day, you increase the probability of feeling at peace with your self.

Note that personal productivity in my conception also includes spiritual productivity – the things you do to serve others, and to show them that you love them. Whether or not you reach your ultimate goal, when you are productive daily, you are successful daily.

And that’s the point.

Calibrate your goals to match your values, and then enjoy the epic-driven life you live on the way to your ultimate destination.

Your Personal Productivity is a Function of Your Self-Management

The use of cell phones, faxes, e-mail and computers have not gained us more time. If anything, our time has become more precious and seems to be in shorter supply. People can reach us instantly with either printed or verbal messages. Everybody has got a business card that shows their mobile phone number, their landline number, their e-mail address and their fax number. We are accessible more than ever before. But what has all this gained us? Harris out personal productivity increased? Certainly, we have no more time available than we had before. There is no more time and consequently no more freedom.

All around us when we look carefully we can see families juggling multiple hectic schedules, exhausted workers and frazzled parents. The value of managing our time is to improve the way we live and our personal productivity. To achieve this, there are four important areas to consider.

1. Stress. Managing time well can prevent much of the stress that is present in much of our society and especially our workplaces. When we run out of time our stress levels rise. We tried to do too much in too little time. We make hasty decisions and we take actions when we are under pressure. Not the best environment for decision-making, taking action or being very productive.

2. Balance. Are you consistently working long hours? Are you putting all your energy into your work rather than your relationships? Are you addicted to your work? You need to address all those questions to establish whether or not your life is in balance. It has been established through research that people that live lives that are unbalanced between work and family and work and relaxation, live shorter lives.

3. Productivity. One of the most common words that we hear today is the word, “productivity.” We hear companies that are “belt tightening,” “downsizing,” “restructuring,” “cutting back,” and all the other phrases that mean the same thing. The answers to all these situations seem to revolve around the need to increase, “productivity.” You only have to look at the rise of the Japanese industry leaders to realize that they used productivity improvement as the tool for becoming the second largest economy in the world. There are many ways that you can improve your personal productivity. Anyone who makes a serious effort can save at least one or two hours a day. That’s 10 hours a week, 40 hours per month. That’s the same as having three months extra work time per year per person.

4. Goals Without goals it’s very hard to be a productive, and it’s very hard to manage your time because you have no focus. It is necessary to link your management of time with achieving your goals. There is plenty of evidence around to show that if you carefully look after your time, your goals will become easier and your personal productivity will increase.

With careful attention to the way that you use your time, you can gain an extra one or two hours per day. When you achieve this, you have to consider what are you going to do with this extra time. Are you going to take on more projects and use it all up? Or are you going to improve the balance of your life.