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Improve your Productivity


During early days of career, I was trying to be more productive in task completion. More effort I was putting by slogging  extra hours , more I was failing in achieving designated tasks.

Until one conversation with Line Manager who was industry veteran of 25 years which improved my productivity forever.

Conversation was as follows: 

Manager: Write your task list for day

Me: Here is list of 10 tasks to be done today

Manager: How will you accomplish these tasks

Me: Slot 1 hour for each task. If not completed in 1 hour move to 2nd task and so on. 10 tasks to be completed in 10 hours.

Manager: ( Smirking) You will not be able to complete any of the tasks

Me: (Surprised). Why

Manager: Try it out

In evening,

Manager: How many tasks completed

Me: Not a single one

Manager: How are you feeling

Me: Frustrated and exhausted

Manager :Let us try tomorrow

Next Day,

Manager: Write task list

Me: here are the 10 tasks

Manager: Start with most important task. Complete it fully and then move to next important one

Me: What if not even one is completed in entire day and then remaining also will not be done.

Manager : Trust me. Try it out

Me: Ok

In evening

Manager: How many tasks completed

Me: All of them. 10 out of 10.

Manager : How are you feeling

Me: Productive, satisfied and happiness of achieved something .

I learnt the Mantra to improve your Productivity at workplace is to take one task at a time , give it full focus, attention, at that time don’t worry about other tasks and complete it before moving to next one  You will accomplish more in less time.

P.S.- Do one small exercise to understand it practically. Close your eyes and think. One thought will come to your mind. Now try to bring another thought at the same time. You will realize that thoughts are alternating between each other and at any one point of time mind can hold only one thought. It explains that mind is capable of only one thought and one task at a time and that is why approach explained above works the best.

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anupam.shrotary

Anupam is expert Supply chain professional with rich experience in leading organizations Honeywell, Nestle, Mars Wrigley and Dr. Reddy's. He shares supply chain and leadership knowledge, insights and tips based upon practical experiences through his articles and posts on blog SUPPLY CHAIN THINKER and Linkedin platform. His blog has 3600 visitors from 105 countries and many articles are listed in Top Rankings on Google, Bing and Yahoo. He likes to inspire people and get inspired from them. Has studied MBA from SJM school of management, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay and Electronics Engineering from MNNIT, Allahabad. Author views are personal
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anupam.shrotary

Anupam is expert Supply chain professional with rich experience in leading organizations Honeywell, Nestle, Mars Wrigley and Dr. Reddy's. He shares supply chain and leadership knowledge, insights and tips based upon practical experiences through his articles and posts on blog SUPPLY CHAIN THINKER and Linkedin platform. His blog has 3600 visitors from 105 countries and many articles are listed in Top Rankings on Google, Bing and Yahoo. He likes to inspire people and get inspired from them. Has studied MBA from SJM school of management, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay and Electronics Engineering from MNNIT, Allahabad. Author views are personal

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