The chase for better productivity has truly become an obsession. The number of tips and tricks available online is overwhelming. Google ‘productivity’ and you’ll end up with over 479,000,000 results!
With this amount of ‘helpful’ advice out there, we should all be on top form, smashing deadlines and achieving the ultimate work life balance. But that’s far from the truth for many. But what’s the answer?
It starts by asking a few simple questions…
How productive are you really? How productive are your people? What more could you be doing to support yourself and your people in their efforts to bring about greater focus, motivation, and value-added output to your business?
I’ve often wondered, is productivity really as simple as total output vs total input? If we were machines, then perhaps so, but for us humans it’s not as easy as turning a switch on and kicking into production. When human vs machine productivity scores are assessed, in many cases, machine productivity far out ways that of a human.
PwC have found that AI could increase productivity by up to 14.3 percent for businesses by 2030, so this surely means that humans should have more time to focus on the things that they are good at in the workplace, which is ultimately being human…forging relationships, becoming more emotionally intelligent, developing and progressing.
There are so many elements that impact a person’s ability to be productive, to perform at the highest possible level over a consistent period of time. We must take such elements into consideration when supporting ourselves and our people to be productive and perform to the best of their ability.
Sleep, nutrition, exercise, social habits, and our relationships with technology can all play a part in how productive we are. But I rarely see people truly analysing these habits together to achieve sustained productivity.
So, what is it that makes a person productive?
I believe it’s a heady mix of energy, focus, motivation and capability, as all of these elements are interlinked and impact one another in some way. Give someone boundless amounts of energy but no capability and they won’t be very productive at all. By the same token, give someone all the capability in the world and no focus and see production levels drop. Get the balance right for all these elements and you have pure alchemy. So, how do you find that all important balance…
Gaining a greater understanding of what impacts a persons’ energy, focus, motivation and capability is where the fun really begins. By taking a deep dive into a person’s life and unpicking all the different elements through a scientific and analytical approach, you’re able to see where sustainable changes can occur. Using tools to gauge and combine healthy living data with daily and weekly productivity statistics, you can finally unearth the most effective moments during the day and the ingredients that make these moments increase and repeat more frequently.
You might be asking why it’s important for leaders to understand the productivity habits of their people. Well, we need to stop thinking that it’s possible to operate at the height of productivity between 9am and 5pm, everyday of the week. Instead, if we find the hours in which we peak and pinpoint the hours we trough, we can all plan our days better. You can ask an employee to complete a difficult task when you know they are more likely to be productive, and therefore find greater focus and job satisfaction.
It’s a self-fulfilling prophecy too. Instead of feeling deflated because you’ve gone through ups and downs throughout the day, when you feel as though you should be functioning at 100% all day, you’re more likely to enjoy your day, enjoy your work and feel more satisfied and therefore productive…
These feelings have an undeniable impact on mental health. Of course, this new approach will inevitably spill into personal life too, creating a better work life balance. And don’t we want all employees to feel this way, at work and at home? To feel in control of their time, to make better decisions on how they spend it?
I truly believe that by taking time to analyse how we operate through the day, our habits around sleep, nutrition, exercise and our ability to switch off from technology, and acknowledging that we’re able to extend productivity highs by changing some habits, it can result in a new life changing approach to how we function on a day to day basis. In fact, we’ve seen it first-hand with the team here at Linac.
If you’re interested in hearing more about our approach to increasing productivity and how we can help you and your business, then we’d love to hear from you.