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How To Improve Your Personal Productivity

By Harri Jussila

I see personal productivity as the natural result of having a specific set of skills. These skills are: learning, organization, time management, mental control, enhanced creativity, and decision making. In this short article, I will shortly discuss what these mean, and why they are useful. It might also be a good idea for everyone to develop some or all of these skills, as these are all, in fact, quite handy.

Today’s work is rapidly changing, making learning more and more important. Even if the professional skills would not change that fast, we still have to face with constantly changing software, and more modern tools. Many of us are also faced with a push towards constant learning from our employer. Tools like mind maps, and skills like fast reading, can really come handy.

With organization skills, we mean the ability to organize things physically. A structured approach to this often helps for better information retrieval. Questions like “Where did I put that important letter?”, tend to be frustrating, and especially when you are in a hurry. Two good measurements for your level of personal organization are: 1) the size of your email inbox, and 2) the tidiness of your desk at work. You know what I mean.

I see time management as a sub skill to personal productivity. With time management, we refer to the art of keeping your calendar in order, managing tasks, and managing email. Good time management also means minimizing the time used for procrastination.

Keeping yourself mentally healthy is crucial in society today. We are constantly faced with different pressures from the left and right. If you are not able to cope with stress, you might see your productivity sink through the floor. Ways to keep yourself mentally healthy include meditation, socializing, and living in the present moment.

We have all also faced the challenge suddenly to come up with solutions to difficult problems that are not easy to solve. What should we do in such situations? There are generic ways to solve problems. They allow you to reach a conclusion and motivate it to anyone, even if you are not completely familiar with the field in question. I recommend using these methods in such situations.

Finally, we have decision making. Is that a skill? In my opinion, the answer is yes. Many times even a bad decision is better than no decision at all. However, before we go to that stage, let’s just say that there exists tools for making good decisions as well.

If you take some time and develop a few areas of the ones listed above, I promise that you will experience truly remarkable results in your personal productivity. It will also affect positively your ability to manage your time.

Harri Jussila edits currently a site called Time Management Solutions, which focuses on personal productivity and effective time management. For a broader view, take a look at the full article about his personal productivity definition.

categories: personal organization,personal productivity,time management,productivity,self help,Self Improvement,work-life balance,motivation

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