Q: Isn’t it true that optimizing productivity means different things for different people? How do you find out what method will best suit you?
A: Depending on your workplace, productivity can mean different things (e.g., hitting an annual billable hours target in a law firm or writing a certain number of briefs per month in an appellate division of a public defender office). But for everyone, productivity means sustaining high quality work while meeting (and hopefully exceeding) your client and employer’s expectations…and maintaining a professional, positive persona. The key is to position yourself in a workplace that best suits your work style…whether you need a good deal of structure, predictability, and institutional support or desire variety and stretch opportunity in an entrepreneurial environment.
In that this is Labor Day let me remind you that science has discovered that, over time, renewing energy is as important to productivity as expending it. Best wishes for a restful, happy Labor Day, all.