Why Productivity Apps DON'T Work
March 14, 2022 | 4 min read
Where does productivity come from? When defining what productivity means and how productivity is calculated, endless gurus and 'thought leaders' have a lot to say. The thing is: productivity functions differently for everyone. Unfortunately, most of us spend so much time worrying about how to be more productive, that we don't notice when things are already working. In honor of the different ways that productivity shows up in our lives, here are five signs you're way more productive than you th
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Sales & Marketing head at Scalestack
Where does productivity come from? When defining what productivity means and how productivity is calculated, endless gurus and 'thought leaders' have a lot to say. The thing is: productivity functions differently for everyone. Unfortunately, most of us spend so much time worrying about how to be more productive, that we don't notice when things are already working.
In honor of the different ways that productivity shows up in our lives, here are five signs you're way more productive than you think.
Productivity is a learned skill. Even innately organized people can always learn something new about what productivity looks like for them. How productivity is calculated comes down to creating a formula that considers:
Productivity is kinda like our car keys—showing up in the most surprising places, even though we always feel like we're searching for them.
Your secret productivity formula could look wildly different from a colleague—or even you from a few years ago. The most important thing to remember is…
Our passion for automation stems from a belief that productivity isn't a one-size-fits-all solution… and you don't have to be someone who gets up before 5 AM to be productive or efficient. Finding small ways to improve your quality of life almost always increases productivity.
Prioritize progress over perfection.
Now that we better understand how to calculate productivity, let's review five unexpected examples of what productivity looks like when it's already working.
(Obviously, you don't have to be doing ALL these things… just use this as inspiration to celebrate the small steps—because those are usually the ones carrying you the farthest.)
This is often the biggest (and easiest to overlook) sign that you've figured out your unique productivity flow. If burnout isn't as frequent, it's a significant indication of your growing mastery of time management.
It's also a sign that you've found your ideal window for deep work time, and you've shaped your day to accomplish essential goals without overloading yourself.
You're working less
This one tends to feel very strange at first, even triggering feelings of anxiety for some. However, increased productivity usually means you aren't working as "hard." Whether you've invested in automation tools that offload time-consuming tasks (or you're better able to recognize high-priority tasks versus busy work) your productivity is paying dividends in the form of more free time.
You're multi-tasking less
A massive sign of productivity is understanding the importance of deep work. Focusing on just one thing is highly productive—and quite challenging initially. However, decreased multi-tasking shows you've strengthened your focus muscles and understand how to prioritize more effectively.
While distractions always pop up, you've figured out the best way to mitigate them, ensuring that your work receives the respect it deserves—allowing a consistent output of high-value results.
You're looking at the clock less often
While you're probably all about time-tracking, your increased productivity could show itself in how you aren't so focused on the clock. Since you've figured out how to prioritize and block out your day, time might feel like it's flying—in a good way.
You're saying "no" to things you would've said yes to before
Productivity equals recognizing the value of your time. When you value your time, you set boundaries to protect it. Your goals are to produce the best quality results with the least stress.
Respecting your time means you'll start saying no to opportunities that don't align with your goals—and that is an empowering tool in your personal and professional life.
Productivity functions best when it fits you
As you can see, there are multiple ways to solve the riddle around how productivity is calculated. Even these five seemingly small additions to your life are signs of massive growth. If you take nothing else from this article, we hope you'll step away remembering to celebrate how far you've come.
Now that we've got you thinking about it, why not share another unusual thing you do that makes you feel productive? Leave a comment below and tell us about it!