What Productivity Means To Us
There’s a difference between being busy and being productive. You can be very busy checking Facebook, texting with friends, and binge watching True Detective on HBO Go. That doesn’t make you productive.
According to vocabulary.com, productive means:
If you’re productive, that means you do a lot — you create or produce large amounts of something. A productive worker makes more widgets than the shirker who keeps sneaking out to gossip and drink coffee.
Being productive is much harder than being busy. It’s hard to be productive when you’re pulled in many different directions every day. That’s probably why there are over 36 million results when you google “be more productive.”
Here at Productivity Fox, we see being productive as being able to accomplish your best work with the best tools for the job. Part of productivity is being able to measure those results. That’s why we built our software on the Salesforce platform – giving you more powerful access to report how productive your team really is. (Learn more about our reporting and platform.)
Here are a few other of our favorite productivity tips:
- Close your email inbox. It’s tempting to respond to every message as soon as it comes in. All those beeps and alerts are actually distractions keeping you from doing your best work. Schedule times to check and reply to emails.
- Make a list. Your brain is amazing – and capable of many amazing things. Don’t clutter your mental processes with remembering to call a client in 3 days. Have a trusted system where you can get your action items out of your head and into a place that you can manage what you need to do each day.
- Establish your element. Some people work better in loud, boisterous environments. Others need peace and quiet. Identify your ideal working conditions, and do the best you can to create those at work. Headphones can be great for either adding noise to a quiet environment, or quieting down a noisy one.
What’s your favorite productivity tip? Let us know in the comments below!