Why Personal Productivity Matters for Your Career

You are likely very busy in your career right now and accomplishing important and required activities. But are there any tasks that you are putting off for a future date and time? Perhaps you have thought of something you would like to do and have not yet gotten to it, making an excuse that begins with either “one day I will” or “I’ve gotten behind” – to name a few. Being busy does not always equate to being productive. When you expend energy, are involved in busywork, find yourself active, or exert extra effort, those are all indicators you care about your job or career. But what if you could get more out of the time that you invest?

What Is Productivity?

Your job will demand completion of tasks and there is an expected type of performance that is associated with your job title. In addition, being highly efficient in your job is linked to the level of productivity you attain. This is similar to the way that organizations operate. Business productivity is related to a measurable output and it requires that all processes and functions are operating quickly and efficiently. Productivity for you can therefore be defined as working with a purpose and functioning with focused attention on important or priority activities, both effectively and efficiently.

Productivity and Your Job

There are assigned duties for your job and you have a specific amount of time in which to complete them. However, not every aspect of your job is completely managed for you and that means you have an ability to maximize your time and accomplish more. Being productive in your job means that you are setting goals, establishing priorities that are based upon the importance of your tasks, and you plan for the use of your time. To become highly efficient you can break down the goals you’ve established into targeted due dates and schedule them in your weekly and monthly plan.

Becoming Productive

There are strategies you can utilize to become productive in your career and that begins with more than the development of a checklist. For example, you can utilize prioritization as a strategy to make the most of the effort you devote to your workday. You can also examine your working environment to determine if it is conducive to being productive or distracting and causing time to be wasted. Another strategy is multitasking and that can either assist your progress or detract your time, depending on the types of activities you are involved in. For example, working on a required task and also monitoring activity on Facebook is not an efficient use of your time. In contrast, working on two projects with an immediate due date could be effectively completed with focused attention.

What Blocks Productivity

Time wasters are probably one of the most lethal activities that can minimize your productivity during the workday. It consists of any activities you are involved in that causes you to alter or discard your daily or weekly plans. Busywork can also block productivity by performing tasks that are non-essential. Procrastination or putting off and delaying a task can also minimize your efficiency. Finally, being disorganized and not knowing if your time is well spent can also be a significant detractor for your ability to be highly productive. While you do not have to plan every minute of your work day, the minutes you spend on these activities can add up over time.

Results of Being Productive

There is a saying that is often used in organizations and it states that as an employee you should “work smarter, not harder”. While I am not a fan of clich├ęs this statement does hold merit. Working smarter means that you are in control, you have planned your activities, and manage your time well. The impact of productivity on your career can also influence your personal life. The higher level of productivity you can achieve, the more you are able to accomplish in any given day. It is a matter of being in control of your time and resources. Being highly efficient and productive is always an option for you to use in your career. You can strive to attain it on a continual basis or implement it when you find yourself unorganized and missing important deadlines. Being productive means you have greater output because you are in control of your day and aware of how your time is spent.