By Jacquie Hood Martin, PhD Contributor (1.1.2015)
Productivity simply comes down to what you can manage versus what is managing you. It’s a ‘feeling’. Given the opportunity most people will rise to the occasion of their challenge when they possess an internal skill to over the ‘F’ word that is starving their lives from meaning and purpose. It is mastery over ones emotions.
I feel FRUSTRATED.
I feel like a FAILURE.
I feel like I’m FINISHED in this industry.
I feel like the FAMILIARITY of this situation is just too close.
I feel like the FUTURE is not within my reach.
We each possess automatic negative responses. Our first inclination is to determine why we cannot do something, rather than determine how it can get done. These and other phrases that describe an emotional insecurity about your personal productivity will hinder your professional productivity. We spend an inordinate amount of time trying to solve problems and figure out issues that are not within our scope, capacity, or ability to handle. Those things we are able to do, we don’t because we are worried about what someone will say, what someone thinks about the quality of our work, or we talk ourselves out of being better than we are at this present moment. It is not about resources, but the personal resourcefulness within. In most office environments employees have access to the resources needed to accomplish the job for which they are hired. In more non-traditional settings such as non-profits, start-up companies, or certain school districts the availability of resources may be a bit scarce, but the people press on.
So if the issue is not professional, it is personal. Our personal perspective about our work ethic and the people that surround us while performing the work we have to do can hinder our productivity. However, if a person is unable to determine what triggers keep them bond to old habits office style friendships, lack of drive, and a host of other catalysts will overshadow your real ability to be productive.
As long as you remain in a position to let others dictate your feelings and you don’t have the wherewithal to step up in your own life, you will not be able to tackle what is really at the heart of the issue: YOU! Here are five questions you can answer to be more productive in your personal and professional endeavors.
1. What makes you powerless? – Determine what elements of your situation you control.
2. What gives you power? – Ascertain the skill-set you possess that will give you control over it.
3. What elements do you control and have the final decision over? – Schedule a time to executive or implement the dynamics you control.
4. What environment do you thrive in best? – Take special note of the triggers that start to render you powerless again.
5. Who is killing your joy that you allow to co-exist with you in your space? – Eliminate threats to your overall wellbeing on all levels.
Feelings are just another way we express that something is bothering us. We have a tendency to start to deal with the feeling, and not the cause of the feeling. There are some things that seem to be priority in our lives, well without you, none of those priorities will ever be accomplished. In order to be productive in your personal and professional life, it requires thinking at level far beyond that which is keeping you unproductive.
About Jacquie Hood Martin, PhD
Jacquie Hood Martin is an international speaker, author, entrepreneur and woman on mission to help others on their ‘Journey to Betterment’™. She is a former College Vice President and Dean with the City Colleges of Chicago, and is a strategic planning, leadership and balanced living expert. Her company J. Hood & Associates serves to improve the overall wellbeing of people from communities local and abroad.