Productivity – A Catalyst for Change

Everybody wants to achieve more success with less stress. One day when I found myself to be caught in the daily chaos of my life, I decided to clear the clutter so that I can focus on what’s important. In my career, I’ve had the fortune of coming in contact with successful entrepreneurs, innovative thinkers and creative people. I have compiled some of their points what I thought were their best ideas of productivity.

“Productivity is important because it is the primary driver of economic growth in the long run”, said Colm Sheehy.

Robert Greene, the renowned author of the 48 Laws of Power, showed his “Notecard System”. It simply means to transfer the information on the notecard which can be organized by the color theme of future use. One can always turn to these cards if need an anecdote, a fact, inspiration, a strategy or an example.

Andrew Carnegie, a self-made, Scottish-American businessman built a leadership role in the steel industry in U.S.  He said a great line about “being introduced to the broom”. In other words, one should know even the lowliest tasks intimately.

People need personalized approaches for being productive in their professional as well as personal life because there is no one-size-fits-all approach to productivity. One should opt for those work strategies that align with our own cognitive styles and suits our strengths as well as preferences.

The first step in making a personalized approach towards productivity is to identify your Productivity Style. So here we go with VAPP productivity styles.


Let’s see in which category you fall.

1) Visualizer: A visualizer focuses on the big picture and has the ability to envision the future and recognize new opportunities.

2) Arranger: An arranger acts as a communicator and facilitates project meetings. They have been known for an excellent team player and partnering with colleagues to get work done.

3) Prioritizer: A prioritizer focuses more on the execution of tasks. They have been known for their drive and competitiveness.

4) Planner: The planner is the team member who thrives on schedules and action plans and is known for their follow-ups.

“Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work.”

In nutshell, following strategies must be followed:

Employers and Employee should be Pro-active: Being proactive helps you to understand your long term goals because you are thinking about “if this happens, what will I do?”

In IT firms, they have their own KMS, Knowledge Management System where they share their codes, important points, skills, helpful stuff which other employees can use whenever they need that piece of information.

Taking the best out of your meetings: The agenda of the meeting should be clear on everyone’s mind.  One should make meeting notes in order to keep track what all is discussed in the meeting. At the end, you should make sure whether your meeting purpose has been achieved or not.

Set the Deadlines: Deadlines of the project should be realistic. It should be set in such a way that we ensure our deadline is met on time.

Follow up with Team: Meet up with team periodically to keep a track whether we would be achieving the desired deadline or not. In case you are not on track, so one should raise the alarm and let others know that we are lagging in these terms to achieve the deadline.

Use of proper time tracking Management Tool: If we keep a track of what all tasks we are doing in a day and what amount of time we are spending on each task, it gives us a great insight of what we have done in the whole day. To keep track of tasks we are doing there are so many tools such as JIRA, Basecamp etc.

So, what are you waiting for?
It’s time to put ideas into action!!

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