Have you ever come across these questions in your work life?
- Are you in gmail? facebook? Can you please stop browsing and carry on with your work?
- Leaving early? Are you done with your work?
- Don’t take long breaks, It will hamper our productivity.
- Hey guys you need to work atleast 8 hours a day!
Now I can see a smile on all those who are reading this. Hope you all have heard this before. So what are these questions all about? Yes, it’s what you call “Productivity”
It’s simple, the person who completes his/her work on given time is called productive or you can say getting things done on time.
And a Business person would say it depends on “Time Management” and defines it as: A person should know how to manage their time and get things done.
Now how many of you accept this? Most of them would…but I don’t.
“How can you manage a static thing and that which is limited?” But in my opinion we can instead manage our ENERGY . Have you ever given a deeper insight into its definition? Here it goes for those who haven’t
“Energy is the capacity of a physical system to perform work” (Source: About.com)
We are humans and human beings are not meant to operate continuously the way computers /machines do. So How Energy helps to getting things done?
There are four energies you need to more concentrate to getting things done, we call it as Physical, Mental, Spiritual, Emotional Energies.
What Tony Schwartz (Best Selling Author) says,
We’re designed to expend energy for relatively short period of time. The third stage of the creative process, incubation that occurs when we step away from a problem we’re trying to solve and let our unconscious work on it. Hence It’s effective to go on a walk (like I do), or listen to music, or quiet the mind by meditating, or even take a drive. Especially exercise that raises the heart rate — is another powerful way to induce the sort of shift in consciousness in which creative breakthroughs spontaneously arise.
If you’re a team member, we need a better way of working. It’s not about generating short-term, superficial productivity gains by using fear as a motivator and then squeezing people to their limits. Rather, it depends on helping leaders to understand that more is not always better, and that rest, renewal, reflection, and a long-term perspective are also critical to fueling value that lasts.
If you’re a leader, here’s where you need to start: Stop measuring your people by the hours they put in, and focus instead on the value they produce. Make that your primary measurement. Then encourage your people to intermittently renew during the day (and on weekends, and over vacations), so that when they’re working, they’re really working. That’s the path to true productivity.
So finally I would like to end with: “Manage your energy, not time!”
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