Analyzing Personal Performance and Productivity for Better Time Management

productivity time study Jul 10, 2019

Some of us are sprinters at work.

We work in long, all-in, intense bursts. Then, we need rest to recover. That’s an important part of the performance cycle too.

Often, we have a hard time claiming that for ourselves because of imposed judgment from others or because we're not maximizing our time optimally.

If you can’t take the time, build in your rest periods with tasks with lower intensity and less cognitive drain.

You’re probably doing it automatically anyway but with unproductive distractions and less control.

My clients are doing time studies over the next few weeks to prepare for Q3 and track and analyze how they are spending their time.

They’re coding for activities, energy levels throughout the day, moods, emotions, thoughts, distractions, procrastination, unconscious habits and patterns, etc.

We will analyze their data to tweak and optimize their productivity and performance.

Conduct your own time study and note your patterns. I bet you’ll...

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Use If This, Then That Conditions to Improve Productivity

Are you having trouble managing your to-do lists? Try If This, Then That triggers. 

If I finish X task from boring task list, then I can do Y task from fun task list. (Eat that Frog Strategy) 

  1. Identify the things you are resistant to, procrastinate on, and avoid. Make a list of all of thins things you’re not getting done. 
  2. Identify the tasks you are less resistant to, enjoy more, and have fun doing. Make a list of all of these things. 
  3. Categorize your tasks by type. (For example, Marketing, Fitness, Administrative,  
  4. Create your If this, then that trigger. If I do thing from X list, I can do thing from Y list. (Eat that frog first!) 

Hold yourself accountable, make micro-movements, and stack on your progress.

If you find that you are still having trouble getting things from the X list, then commit to micro-movements from that list.

For example, exercise for five minutes, do one task from unfun list, or spend five minutes on unfun task, then...

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