The One “Tool” You Must Master to Boost Your Personal Productivity – Part 2

In my previous post, I began talking about your most important productivity “tool”: “you.” You’re your instrument for production. You’re the common denominator in everything you produce.

More specifically, I focused on the fact that, to boost your personal productivity, you must become skillful at getting yourself to do what you must do at the time when you must do it. Anyone who has struggled with productivity knows that this isn’t a small task. It requires self-mastery, which is at the root of personal productivity.

The journey to self-mastery calls for a journey to self-discovery. In fact, there’s no true self-mastery without self-discovery.

“Know thyself” encapsulates the essence of self-discovery. As it relates to your personal productivity, you must begin to study your patterns: Which conditions hinder your ability to produce? Which conditions help you to produce? What are your strengths? What are your weaknesses? What types of tasks and activity energize you? What types of tasks and activities deplete you? Etc.

These are essential questions to answer if you’re to boost your personal productivity. For instance, if you work in a field that forces you to spend most of your time performing tasks an area of weakness, your personal productivity will severely suffer; you’re at a serious disadvantage.

Self-discovery allows you to gather the information to put yourself in the best position to succeed.

For example, if noisy places offer too many distractions for you to get anything done, you know not to go to the cafeteria (where it’s noisy) when you need to do focused work. Instead, you’ll go to the library, where you can have peace. However, if the background noise of the cafeteria gets your creative juices flowing—while the pin-drop silence of the library puts you to sleep—you’ll favor a cafeteria over the library.

Also, self-discovery provides you with the raw information you can use to assist you in your journey to self-mastery.

For instance, figuring out why you tend to procrastinate on specific types of tasks helps you fight back against that tendency.

You’re at the center of your personal productivity. Therefore, taking the time to understand what makes you tick (as in what makes you productive) is time well invested.

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.