Increase Your Productivity by Role-Playing

One of the training strategies used in workshops is role-playing. This “make pretend” strategy consists of putting participants in a situation in which they have to act out their assigned role. As they play their role, participants learn and practice some of the concepts of the workshop.

For example, in management workshops, participants can be asked to role-play providing feedback to an underperforming employee. In this scenario, one participant may be asked to play the manager, while another participant plays the underperforming employee.As they role-play both participants get to learn and practice their feedback skills.

Role-play isn’t only a training strategy for workshops. In fact, you can use this strategy in your personal life to develop various habits and skills.

In the context of this post, I focus on using role play to increase your productivity. Role-play isn’t complicated, but it can help you make giant steps forward on your quest to becoming more productive.

As the name “role-play” suggests, this strategy requires that you play the role of someone who is extremely productive. For example, you can decide that all day tomorrow, you’re going to play the role of an extremely productive person. Therefore, your actions and decisions will be based on this identity.

You’ll find that when you “role-play” in this way, you instinctively know what you’re supposed to do with your time: you waste less time procrastinating; you feel more focused and energetic; you allow fewer distractions and interruptions; you clearly notice time-wasting activities.

The best way to assess the effectiveness of this strategy is by experiencing it. If you were someone who is extremely productive, what would you be doing with your time today?

The good news is that you can decide to role play every day: don’t have to stop playing an extremely productive person. You can start your day (at least your work day) by committing to “acting” as an extremely productive person. This can put you in the right frame of mind to have a productive day.

This discussion about “role-play’ highlights a vital element to increase your productivity (long-term): your self-image must change. The way you view yourself matters. Thus, you must begin to believe you’re a productive person and stop identifying yourself as a procrastinator and unproductive slouch.

About The Author

Vladimir Elie

I help people learn and apply success principles and strategies so that they can get the results they want in life.