Saturday, 9 January 2010

Get to Know Your Productive Self

Image thanks to db photography

“Ninety percent of the world's woe comes from people not knowing themselves, their abilities, their frailties, and even their real virtues. Most of us go almost all the way through life as complete strangers to ourselves.”
Sydney J. Harris

Productivity is what you sculpt from the life you are given; it is your creative exploration of this jungle we call the world. You are the product of your own productivity (or, perhaps, lack of.) In that sense, productivity is everything; it is the measure of how much you, as an individual, are getting out of life – what is more important?

Getting in touch with your productive self continues on from what I’ve previously been saying on consciousness, and you’ll be happy to know that it is a trick that works just as well on your positive habits, as it does on your bad habits.

It should be an everyday effort to know, and be sure of ourselves and the way that we work. We are our own most precious assets in our own lives, and we need science and fine-tuning to achieve our best. Think of yourself as a Formula 1 race car – you wouldn’t get very far being neglected and misunderstood, would you? Understand yourself, optimise yourself, and then work with that self.


♥ Don’t be a stranger to yourself.
♥ Your are the product of your own productivity.
♥ Like a Formula 1 race car, you need perceptive fine-tuning.


♥ Suss out your productive self.

It’s time for a bit of ‘cause and effect’ science-project business: what elements line up to make you productive? Think of the last time you were really productive, in anything: what was the situation? What was happening around you? How did you feel?

My productivity tends to be the result of one, or a combination, of these elements:

♥ A bright, sunny day
♥ Waking up early
♥ A neat and organised space around me
♥ Quiet, alone time

But these, though important, are not things I can always control; they are exterior influences that I don’t want to limit my productivity. These elements do not make up or drive my productive inner self. So, what does?

♥ Telling myself I won’t get another chance to get on with the project because of other upcoming commitments
♥ A real, genuine desire to complete the project (focusing on the end result)
♥ A belief in what I’m doing, or being sure of its purpose
♥ Having someone to answer to other than myself (i.e. a uni tutor, or all of you!)

I can learn a lot from this information. From the first point I see that I require limiting my time for real productivity. I see that I need to find an authentic desire to complete the project from the second point. From the third point I see that belief in the purpose of the project is also important to my productive self. And, from the fourth point, I see that feeling accountable is also a vital factor.

So, my productive self is: an accountable, limited, desirous, believer. Now that I know that, I can work with it. These are the four ‘check points’ to my productivity. I can plan projects around them and I can start seeing real results.

In your notebook, complete the same process to define your productive self in between 3-5 points. Share your findings in the comments to inspire other people’s success (and make yourself accountable!)


Megan said...

This is super inspiring!! I definitely need more productivity in my life :)

Eternal*Voyageur @ Venusian*Glow said...

I did this and realised that I really need to enjoy the process... I'm really bad a gritting my teeth and going just for the result.

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