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Given that productivity is personal, your tools have to be a personal fit too. They’ve got to fit like that favorite pair of stilettos. What usually happens is that people choose the latest and greatest thing to hit the market and often because of its bells a whistles. They’re attracted to the fun perks, but not necessarily looking at what it offers them in terms of staying on point and on purpose.

Think about tools from the hardware store. There are tools for different things and each is uniquely suited for a particular task. Some might be for multiple tasks. Productivity tools are no different. Tools serve and support and will help you get through your day if you have something that’s a fit and that can do the heavy lifting.

What tool do you use on a daily basis to help you stay on task? Some people use their phone, at least to some extent and others use paper tools. You may not have a designated personal tool and you might use a bit of everything. Take inventory of what you are using now. Is it working for you? If not, in what ways does it not work? Making note of what isn’t working will show you where your gaps are. Make a quick list of those gaps. Then determine if what you’re using is a fit for you. Your personal tool should be a fit for your Productivity Persona. If your persona is more conducive to digital tools, then paper is going to be a challenge for you. Your Persona might indicate that a combination tool is what works best for you.

If you have to find something new, make sure you do your homework. Be sure that what you choose has the features you’re looking for, otherwise you’ll end up with something that can’t serve you. The tool you choose is the first piece of your personal productivity system and is a key piece, so choose wisely. Take a close look at what you have, what you need and look at what’s available to see what fits and will do the job. In addition to your personal tool, take look at digital pieces that serve as good add ons. I recently updated my list of favorite tools that I use and recommend and shared it in my Productive Alchemy Facebook group. If you’re looking for recommendations, you’ll find it there in the files section.

 

 


I’ve said it before, and you’ll always hear me say it…productivity is personal. It’s my belief and part of my philosophy around my business. It has been for as long as I’ve been in business. There are several things that come into play here, but the primary thing is that your personality impacts your productivity. Who you are has everything to do with how you approach getting things done and it speaks to your strengths and weaknesses in this area.

When you understand who you are in your relationship with this illusion, AKA “Time”, you see your strengths and can understand why you’re good at somethings inside the get it done equation. When you look at your weaknesses you gain an understanding of why you’re challenged with certain things. When people discover who they are…or their Productivity Persona, the fog begins to lift and they start to see why things are the way they are, so confusion starts to leave.

From the point of understanding it then becomes about addressing the challenges with remedies that fit so that the challenges can be met on any given day before they show up, if they do. That point also allows you to pull your strengths into the mix as you create your foundation and a system for getting things done that will get you through your days, because it’s tailor-made to who you are.

This also includes pulling the other pieces of your Persona into the picture and that brings you full circle, with a very clear understanding of who you are in your relationship with time and how you should approach getting things done. It tells you what tools fit and what habits to build as part of the support system to get you through your to do list daily.

Who you are supports you, most times unknowingly, in the realm of productivity and it also hinders you. Your personality makes it dictates behaviors that make knocking things off your to do list difficult. Using your strengths to shore you up and transforming the weaknesses to address the challenges is what helps you get through your days and get it done.

 

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