This is my second blog post after I welcomed and introduced this Blog section of my website to the world in my last or first blog post. Now with this second article, I am so excited already about embarking on this project.
The main purpose of my first article was not only to present a welcoming note but also – and most importantly – to provide an overview of some of the productivity-related topics that I will be tackling.
But in this article, I am outlining and summarising some of the key reasons why we should be prioritising and optimising productivity within our workplaces, school environments, and in our day-to-day lives at a personal level. Interestingly, some of the principles applied at both personal and organisational levels can further stream upwards to make the national development levels and make our countries productive.
Without much ado, here is a summary of proven benefits for individuals, organisations, and even nations, justifying why they should really be prioritising and optimising productivity:
Being productive boosts your ability to perform things quickly and effectively, which raises the likelihood that you will succeed in reaching your objectives. Productivity aids in sharpening concentration and laying out a clear path to goals for both individuals and businesses.
Enhanced effectiveness and efficiency
You may complete more much quicker -but without compromising quality (effectiveness) if you are productive. As a result, adopting productivity techniques and habits can help you become more efficient, enabling you to finish more work in less time.
Improved Time Management
Effective time management is the key to productivity. By developing productive habits, you can better manage your time and accomplish more by becoming more conscious of how you use it.
Being productive makes it easier to focus on the job at hand and makes it less likely that you will become sidetracked. You can accomplish your objectives more quickly and precisely because of this.
You can lessen your stress levels when you are productive. You get a sense of accomplishment when you perform activities successfully, and this can assist to lower stress.
Increased creativity and innovation
Innovation and creativity are fostered through productivity. Being productive allows you to experiment, attempt new things, and explore new ideas. More invention and creativity result from this.
Builds a positive reputation
Gaining a positive reputation at work or in your personal life might be facilitated by productivity. When you consistently provide top-notch work and keep your promises, people will regard you as dependable and trustworthy.
Self-control is a requirement for productivity. By cultivating productive habits, you may better maintain your attention on your objectives, block out distractions, and beat procrastination. Your willpower and self-control are strengthened as a result.
Better work-life balance
This is one of my favourites! You can create a better work-life balance by becoming more productive. You have more time to interact with friends and family, engage in hobbies, and pursue interests outside of work when you finish your task quickly and are able to figure out where to integrate your personal life engagement within your plan.
Well, after everything is sad and done, increased productivity often results in increased life happiness generally. You feel satisfied and fulfilled when you achieve your goals and finish your work quickly. Your motivation and productivity may then be further increased as a result.
Putting productivity first can significantly improve both your personal and professional lives. You may accomplish your goals, improve efficiency, lower stress, and build your reputation by engaging in productive behaviours or habits.
This is just a summary of the list of selected key benefits of which each actually constitutes an interesting topic on productivity. Therefore, to further understand and engage with these benefits, I invite you to keep on reading my subsequent blog articles which expound on each one of the outlined benefits as a stand-alone topic.
George Mwika Kayange is an International Development Professional and Project Management Specialist with over 20 years of experience working with various national, regional, and international NGOs. He is also a Commonwealth PhD Scholar at Loughborough University, London.