What is success? The Definition applies to a wide range of achievements. For one being successful means, they have achieved a certain state of living they have ever dreamed of. For others, it is related to having great friendships, with trust, honesty and great discussions. For me, the term of being successful is closely linked to the particular area of life. For instance, if you asked me on how my dreams of being successful in business look ideally like, I would have responded the following: For me being careerwise successful is to earning a certain standard of living with the activity I like doing most. This event combines three essential elements. Firstly, it gives me joy doing it. Secondly, I can earn a living standard. Thirdly, I have skill in doing this activity, and I will still develop my abilities day by day.
But there is one thing I would define as the essential characteristic when considering success. In any success, the #1 most crucial element of setting the stage to be successful is to become productive. Not only as productive as average competitors. I am talking about developing the maximum productivity you can individually achieve. The highest productivity level, of which others will always remain dreaming of. A remarkable productivity is theoretically easy to reach and efforts practically transparent and sustainable steps to implement on a daily basis. I will reveal what Dr. Sharon Grossman taught us, within her “Time Mastery” Talk last week here in the heart of San Francisco’s Financial District.
Background: San Francisco. Wednesday evening. A warm Wednesday evening. Luis and I are on our way to this Company we haven’t heard before. To attend talks of speakers, we haven’t been aware of yet. As we arrived, we were firstly surprised that it was kind of small private event. Small events are incredibly efficient to networking and get to know other people on a deep basis. Secondly, we enjoyed this kind of warm atmosphere within the room and among the audience. Shanon Grossman, Ph.D. stepped to the front to introduce herself. She was the first speaker of that evening and the primary reason for us to spend our evening attending that place rather than spending time doing other important things. Dr. Grossman had an incredible confidence when talking in front of us. Not only confidence, but she was also remarkable passionate about expressing her key points. The points she made are fitting into the requirements I emphasized in the opening to this article.
Productivity just means how much you accomplish in a certain amount of time. Some people are incredibly efficient in the way they work and prepare for next day’s tasks. That is remarkable and amazing to watch. Some people claim it is the talent which sets these people apart from less competent people. That is not true. Sure, some people are enhanced when it comes to understanding things and getting links between several factors. However, if you are passionate about a particular activity, you want to do this activity often. Almost always. The sooner you get to it again, the better. That being said, being passionate about an activity sets the stage for becoming an expert in it. Your talent will then evaluate how far you get. All effectively and efficiently working people have one factor in common: They are all likely to pursuing their goal at highest productivity output possible.
Dr. Sharon Grossman’s analysis and solution approach come now into play. She found out that people, in particular, Millenials, are incredibly inefficient in how they accomplish tasks with consideration to time. That is because of one, they are not focused enough to just a single task, and secondly, they try to multitask, which harms working productivity significantly with negative correlation. The art is to find the sweet spot between time effort and time efficiency. Here is how you maximize your productivity potential to the fullest:
#1: Stop trying to Multitask. Multitasking is a myth. You can only be maximum productive on one task at a time. If you consider doing one task to the fullest efficiency you are 100% productive. If you do have two tasks instead, you might have a productivity of 80% on task A and 20% of work B. You aren’t highly productive. Neither on task A nor on B.
#2: Work with a list. Seriously, planning your day or week ahead saves you a lot of time and makes things easier. Once you know you have everything scheduled, you can fully focus your mind and your thoughts on your specified task, without having time bottlenecks in your head subconsciously.
#3: Prioritize your activities. Once you made your list, start prioritizing your duties. The most important quests are set on top, the less necessary activities are shifted to the lower end of your list.
In the end, I would like to express that achieving highest productivity is a science and art at the same time. The science understands the myth of multitasking and the art is becoming passionate about something to set the stage to achieve the highest possible knowledgeable level and also reaching the stage of productivity you thought would have never been possible to accomplish.