Productivity Tips

To understand productivity well, you must first ask yourself this: what is the purpose of business? If you said, “to make money,” you’re absolutely…wrong. Peter Drucker, a well-known management consultant and business philosopher, says that money is simply the result from selling an outstanding product or service. And in order to sell, you must have the right customers who want and need what you’re selling. So, really the purpose of business is to have customers.

When you understand the purpose of business, you can better focus on what needs done and what things will produce and keep more customers. Unfortunately, there are more and more things in today’s world to distract you from getting important work done: family, Internet, office drama, funny cat videos on the Internet, etc. Sometimes it can feel like you’re running on a treadmill. To combat this, here are 3 things you can do to ramp up your productivity levels both at work and at home.

1. Figure out what’s the most important.
Important stuff usually gets buried under things you’d rather be doing. At times, big projects can seem too complicated and difficult to deal with when you have too many little things in the way. So, you’ll inevitably procrastinate until it starts to create stress, and then you hurry up to get the project done, only to produce less-than-stellar work. Instead, create a list of the projects you know will give you the most in return, whether it’s satisfaction or profit-wise. If you focus more on high-value tasks, it will catapult you toward your goal.

2. Have passion for what you do.
Few businesses can progress if the workers are just there for a paycheck. If you’re not feeling enthusiastic about your job or the product and services your company provides, you either have to start looking for a new direction in life or find new ways to recapture your passion. One reason I think our economy is in such disarray is that few people are brave enough to step out of their comfort zone, take a leap of faith, and start a business that they can truly get passionate for. Doing the same things over and over does not contribute to growth. It creates a stagnant atmosphere that affects us all.

3. Sleep more, work less.
You can’t be your best when your brain hasn’t gotten its rest (hey, that rhymes). In fact, studies show that more sleep may even help your brain be open to new learning. We rarely read anything about physical health, when it comes to articles on business. Eating balanced meals, getting exercise daily, sleeping more and working less hours sounds like the enemies of business. But study after study has shown that when companies have wellness programs in place, it really does lead to better productivity.