Change Your Definition of Productivity

Joshua A. Luna
February 18, 2022
Change Your Definition of Productivity
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How many of you associate productivity with crossing items off of a list?

For many, the more tasks you complete, the more productive you theoretically are.

But there’s a misconception about productivity and how it’s defined within the workplace.

Knocking out a lengthy to-do list might help pass the time (and appease your boss), but the standard definition doesn’t necessarily translate well when shifting towards a leadership mindset.

At the leadership level, your time becomes sparse and filled with dozens of responsibilities that pull you into different directions.

This is why your definition of productivity will and should change to mirror new levels of responsibility.

It no longer becomes about crossing items off a list but rather how you plan for long-term impact.

You’ll have to ask yourself:

Am I spending my time wisely?

Focusing on the right projects, moving the team forward, and cutting out anything that distracts from the team’s success will prove more productive than what you can quickly knock out.

None of these are short-term tasks, and that’s part of the challenge.

Learn to manage productivity through the level of impact you create instead of managing productivity through action-based tasks, and you’ll start to see the makings of a high-performing team.