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 p