This article is part of a series called, "Maximum Productivity " in which I’ll explore the topic of perspective.
See the rest of the series here:
Intro: Maximum Productivity: Series Introduction
Part 1: Maximum Productivity: Perspective
Part 2: Maximum Productivity: Attitude
Part 3: Maximum Productivity: Focus
Part 4: Maximum Productivity: Persistence
Part 5: Maximum Productivity: Adventure
Part 6: Maximum Productivity: Connections
I guess the first point to understand is what is productivity? While productivity as a definition is simply producing readily and abundantly, that itself leaves a huge gap for what you are producing. And that is where I will start things off in this series by looking at life, tasks, work and everything people do and wish to do from a perspective that matters or has some purpose! Being productive is useless if it’s not on the things that matter to you. So perspective is first.
Perspective is really about looking at where productivity can be applied in your life. It’s about taking a step back to analyze your situations and environment to see what it is you want to be productive at. This allows you to put more efforts and productive work towards the things that are in some way meaningful to you. To gain that perspective there are a number of things you can do to change your normal perspective and realize what does matter.
- Explore your passions
- Discuss and even debate with others
- Read books that question or expand your views
- Ask others for their opinions and stay open minded
- Write your will or obituary for yourself
- Explore and understand the legacy you want to leave
- Imagine yourself in other people’s situations and challenges
- Look at how your creativity can change your perception
- Study and learn new things to gain new understanding
- Ignore your gut or instinctive response
All of these things can help you to step back from what is normal in your life and analyze new situations from a distance. It’s critical to CHANGE and EXPAND your views on every subject without limiting yourself to your old beliefs. It’s often those new areas that will truly let you see not only what you can do to be productive but also why that is important!
The way you see things is a big part of one’s identity so expanding that and exploring it deeply is done to really take a deep look at oneself.
- Do you know what drives and motivates you to do the things you do?
- Could you explain all of your actions to others and would you be happy to hear that explanation?
- Is the time you spend on things productive to you?
- Are you OK with that whether it is or isn’t?
- How much time do you spend productively?
- Can you change that and do you want to?
The things you consider to be productive should be the things you enjoy doing and want to do. That is part of what drives you to do it and so of course this drive has to come from within to have any lasting impact. That is why I encourage you to reflect on those questions above, answer them truthfully and look at what reveals itself. It’s impossible to just become productive overnight and it is a slow process to change since it’s your identity, not just your productive actions, that must also change to shift to seeing that new perspective that is required in everything. That perspective change will enable you to learn easier from new experiences and adapt quicker to changes. This will make controlling your productivity much easier. Expanding and seeing with more perspective is also helpful to look for improvements, optimizations and ways to be more productive. Instead of just thinking the current way is the only or best way to do something, you can accept suggestions, changes and help to increase your productivity.
Who Do You Do It For?
This concept of perspective applies not only in looking at productivity directly and seeing areas to improve that but also in why you do it. What makes you want to those things and motivate you to improve. To what end? Do you have something to achieve in working at those areas? Some people do it for approval, to be liked, to make themselves happy, to meet others. Some do it for status, material things, health or longevity. I personally look at productivity more from an angle of service to others. I want to do things that are productive not only for me, but for others, for strangers, for family, for new friends, old friends, and for God. Those are things that I highly value they motivate me to drive forward in creating more time, more productivity and more results in the areas that are service oriented.
So who do YOU do things for? Can you say that you are working with a purpose, a mission and set of values? I hope if you don’t that you stop to take a look at why you do things, what will leave you happy if you only had short time to live and that you are able to be productive with the things you want out of life. That, my friends, is what perspective is for and I hope I’ve been able to shed a little bit of new light on this first article in a series for maximizing your productivity.
Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.
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