Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Finding High Productivity

Sometimes I find that I am highly inspired and can accomplish great things in an hour. Other times, I can spend a few hours and not feel I get anything done. Part of what I work on is trying to figure out how I can get myself into this state of high productivity. I am looking at the following:

1 - I am studying what leads up to these periods of high productivy. I track my productivity.

2 - I am looking at my environment. Can I create an environment that supports this high productivity.

3 - I am even tracking sleep, exercise and diet.

4 - I am looking at what advance preparation I did.

Simply being aware of this self study is making me more productive.

I had some interesting press in the Globe and Mail today. Interesting because I was not expecting it, the writer just gleaned his comments from my blog. Cool.


At 10:12 PM, Blogger S. H. Southern said...

This may be loosely related to the Hawthorne Effect. You said, "Simply being aware of this self study is making me more productive."

One, perhaps oversimplified, characterization of the Hawthorne Effect is that one cannot study a phenomena without affecting it in some way. The effect may be large or small, but it (the effect) will always exist.

This is the first time I've thought about this in terms of studying ones own behaviour. Self-study as a way, in and of itself, to increase productivity. Something to ponder...

At 12:50 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Jim

Question: when looking at your environment how can one be high productivity and motivated in an environment that is negative which you have no control over or can change? (Created by others) For example when one receives E-mails from their supervisor that have comments in it like this "I want 100% effort from everyone and I don’t believe I am getting it. If selling isn’t appealing to you why are you here?” Some helpful insight would be greatly appreciative

At 8:13 AM, Blogger Jim Estill said...

Steve, valid comment on the Hawthorn effect. I get the same effect when I do my time sheet tracking.

Anon. Tough question. I try to remember that my reaction to what is said is within my control. No one or nothing can make me upset or angry. It is I who choose how to react. Much of success depends on framing and filtering.


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