Productivity & where we are going!

Productivity is like a Diamond and just as valuable!

There are many facets or meanings to Productivity. For my son, who sells construction steel, it is the number of customers he must see in a given day. For me it is how much I had to do or wanted to do that I got done. For many workers it not what they think it is, but what their boss thinks. We are going to delve deeply into personal productivity, but first let’s look at business productivity. Business Productivity- is as simple is how much input it takes to create the desired output. This type of measurement has been taken down to the smallest measurable step in the manufacturing industry and you can get college degrees in how to develop and measure business productivity.

Productivity is defined as:(1) the quality or state of being productive, or (2) ouput/input. This second measure of productivity can be used to measure the productivity of one worker or many, as well as the productivity of a machine, a department, the whole firm, or even a nation.

Nobel Prize Laurate Paul Krugman:

Productivity isn’t everything, but in the long run it is almost everything.  A country’s ability to improve its standard of living over time depends almost entirely on its ability to raise its output per worker.


         This describes the importance of productivity in our manufacturing economy and why we are so focused on out gross domestic product, etc. Personal productivity is somewhat different because we aren’t usually measuring output divided by input.

Personable productivity is about how effective I am in getting those things done that I agreed to do. Another important facet for me in considering my own personal productivity making sure I don’t forget to do those things that I said I would do. In future blog posts and newsletters, I will focus on personal productivity and those tools and mindsets that will allow you to improve your personal productivity.

          In general People want to be as doing things better, faster, smarter, or more effortlessly than others so they can free up more time for things they enjoy. This sounds easy, but I have always struggled with it, since personal productivity is ultimately about achieving your goals and dreams. It is not about just checking to-do’s off a list.

         In order to define your goals and dreams, whether just for you or for your family you must do a certain amount of introspection, so you end up going in the right direction.

You need to at least know the following:

  • Yourpurpose
    • Why you get up in the morning and do what you do. A lot more to come on this topic.
  • Yourvalues
    • Values are thing such as truth, caring, honesty, etc. A lot more to come soon this topicals well.
  • The key areas of your life
    • The key areas of my life are: family, church, rotary, business, blogging, writing, my health and travel. Yours may very well be different depending on the size of your family and the ages of any children you have.
  • Your dream/vision for each area
    • To develop your goals and dreams you will need to decide what is important to you about each of these areas today and in the future.
  • Your strategy for achieving those items you have defined as important.
    • What are you intending to do in each of these areas daily, to achieve your dreams? What habits are you going to give up because they get in the way of achieving these dreams? What habits are you going to put in place to help you..
  • The goalswhich will allow you to put the strategy into action
    • Now you can develop goals that relate to each of these areas that are consistent with these dreams and identify a specific end point that you want to reach at a specific point in time.

   As we dive deeper into purpose, values, goals and dreams in the future we will discuss in great detail how to set goals and how to pursue your dreams in an effective and efficient manner.

   Enjoy the journey as we go forward. We will take it in small steps and I am always open to specific questions at