Are You a Super Productive Person?

I recently came across an article in Time Business by Margaret Heffernan that shared the secrets of people who are very productive. I was a little surprised at a couple of the habits so I thought I would share them with you. According to the article it boils down to four things. 1 – These people have a life. The article suggests academic research keeps showing external commitments are highly correlated with high achievement. 2 – They take breaks. From what I understand when you get tired you can quickly become rigid and narrow-minded and a quick break may be all that is needed to get those creative, productive juices going again (more on that later). 3 – These people have often worked in different industries. While this makes sense to me I was surprised to see it on the list. Having a diverse background allows you to see different frameworks and approaches. We discussed this in the Diversity Enhances Productivity post from November 2011.  4 – The final attribute – these people have great outside collaborators and networks. What the article really suggests is productive people have very wide, rich resources to call on. The secret to productivity isn’t the latest tool or being better organized, it’s having a complete life.

Now let’s take breaks and take that one step further. I receive regular newsletters from Patricia Katz and her April newsletter focused on getting the most out of your breaks at work so you have more energy to be productive. Patricia got her information from an article that examined Knowledge Workers’ Energy Management. The newsletter suggests some of the things we do when we take breaks may not be as recharging as we thought. Basically the things that really renew our energy relate to learning, strengthening relationships and finding meaning at work. Patricia actually lists 8 different re-energizing strategies and I challenge you to incorporate even one of them in your breaks. Perhaps with all this advice we can all turn into one of those ‘Super Productive People’.

Productivity is a measure of how much – work, time, effort, money, or energy – you have to put into something to get the desired outcome. For more tips and tools on how to get more productive please visit Blue Collar Consulting Inc. at


About Janet, doing it better.

I grew up and still reside in Northern Alberta. While I have numerous interests I am passionate about the Peace River region, its innovation, its people, and the creative spirit that envelopes us all.

Posted on April 18, 2012, in employee performance, performance management, productive learning, productivity and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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