Which Work Mode do you Prefer?

According to productivity consultant Veronica Brown we basically work in three modes: Production Mode, Collaboration Mode, and Service Mode.  In this article by Lisa Earle McLeod called ‘How to Get Things Done: Separate Your Work Modes’, Lisa gives a good description of each mode and suggests that while most jobs require you to work in all three modes most of us prefer some modes over others. The different modes are very distinct and trying to switch between them would offer the same results as multitasking. The solution – separate the modes; Let your phone (Service Mode) go to voice mail as you finish that proposal (Production Mode), Focus on the discussion at the meeting (Collaboration Mode) rather than let your mind wander to the budget (Production Mode) you need to complete.  Try it for an afternoon and see if it doesn’t make a difference for you.

I find it interesting that even with all the evidence against multitasking (see blog post Multitasking; Good, Bad or Downright Rude?)  as a good way to get things done people continue to multitask and to defend their right to do so. Thanks to this article ‘Multitasking Seems to Serve Emotional, Not Productivity, Needs’, I now understand why. Multitasking makes you feel good! Apparently it makes you feel more emotionally satisfied with your work.  Multitasking is a very good way to meet those emotional needs like fun, entertainment, and relaxing, you were probably not intentionally trying to satisfy. Even though you don’t do the job as well as you could if it makes you feel good who can argue with that? One word of warning though the research indicates multitasking can be habit-forming and with emotional rewards a difficult habit to break.

Do you keep a journal? According to the article ‘The #1 Productivity Tool You Aren’t Using’ that could be one of the best productivity tools there is. Harvard Business School professor Teresa Amabile, in her new book ‘The Progress Principle: Using Small Wins to Ignite Joy, Engagement, and Creativity at Work’, suggests keeping a journal is one of the best strategies for learning about yourself and improving your professional performance over time. I have tried keeping a journal a few times but for some reason it is not something that I choose to make time for. Perhaps now I will re-look at that.

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 http://www.bluecollarconsulting.ca/.


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 May 23, 2012, in Business Productivity, multitasking, performance management, productivity, productivity tools and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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