Guys ! We had a dilemma – Hard work vs. Smart work? Let us talk about Productivity and Purpose. Being productive is a very important aspect of development, in order to have economic growth and achieve a certain level of success. How does one achieve productivity and align with their purpose – is it hard work ? smart work or something else ? In this blog will share 3 ways to hype your productivity.
How do you know your day was productive and that you are in general in life being productive?.
This topic has been studied by many – With countries even ranking themselves against productivity like the the G7. As one of the most important factors in determining living standards is productivity – how much output is produced for a given input (such as an hour of work) whilst achieving the overall purpose ( which could be the vision or goal to be met – for individuals it could be aligning with your values whilst being productive and for companies it could be maintaining costs or well being of the planet and people )
Now imagine you could double your productivity and require 10x the amount of money to maintain that in the long term – how would you rate this setup 1. What about setup 2 – where you can 1.5x your productivity and need 2x more money to maintain this – would that be a worse of deal given the productivity is low. This is where the hard work vs smart work vs what we will call strategy comes into play. For many its a no brainer that we want to do less with more – however this doesn’t always happen – so what is the magic formula to great productivity and aligning your purpose really ? Allow me to share 3 hacks that may or may not be helpful depending on your profile. Here goes:
Hard Work vs Smart Work or something else – what will it be?.
- Widen the horizon to think long term ( instead of using your week as a measure of success – extrapolate your productivity timeline into 3 years to really be able to know what the right things to do should be for you personally and also which areas or even relationships need to be priority ) Shift from smart vs hard work to strategic working. This brings perspective of where to put in hard work and where to pull out the smart work. e. g if you have it on your list to become more healthy- why not use a long term intention vs. putting going to the gym on your New Years resolutions ( come on now – remove that gym to do , we all know you are not going and that you potential are forcing this, so save the pen another weep on your New Year resolutions) Try turning the outcome and purpose into an inspiration and working your way from there vs. turning the task into the centre point. It allows you to seek out others who are moving towards the same outcomes and purpose of aka. becoming healthy vs. finding a gym buddy.
- See, I am glad we didn’t go on that scavenging for gym buddy or accountability gym member – because now with the outcome and long term horizon , it is easier to start mapping the right things to be done and integrate at least one thing of these into your week.
- Discover how to create systems and maximise on your networks: Instead of cleaning the house in one day and losing an entire day, break it down into processes to create systems – making the things you do more doable. However; I am a person who loves intensity – so I thoroughly enjoy spring cleaning vs small bits of cleanups – so it has to fit the boots. For your networks, imagine you have a friend who loves to cook and you find cleaning dishes therapeutic – maximise on your schadenfreudes
Hope these were triggers to find your productivity mojo through a hybrid which also incudes strategy.
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