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What is productivity? As a friend of mine once said, “Fulfill a request.” I would add to this: “Do what you say you are going to do when you said you would do it.” When most people discuss productivity, they usually talk about the things that block productivity or the prerequisites of productivity. They generally don’t talk about their productivity because they are either getting ready to produce or putting out fires that keep them from being productive. “I’ll get to it tomorrow”, I’m almost ready to start”, If only…” “We were doing well until…” or “What were we trying to do in the first place?” are some examples of talks about productivity.
Companies and their employees are constantly concerned with and sometimes obsessed with productivity. This is due partly to ambiguous meanings attached to the idea of productivity. For example, most people feel they and others have fixed personalities and must spend time creating a strategy of interpersonal relationships. After all, we work through and with others. We talk about forming teams. We also worry about and measure responsibility, passion, commitments, and self-value, to name just a few. While these things might be considered important, they can take one away from what productivity is and how to achieve it.
Productivity is simply, producing. Producing that which you said you would produce by a certain time. To take the right action and non-actions at the right time for the right amount of time. That’s right; non-actions are just as important to productivity as actions. Responsibility, interpersonal skills, commitments, and passion, in and by themselves, do not create productivity. If the housekeeping of these issues gets out of hand, it will actually, as I am sure you have seen, diminish productivity.
There is another approach, however, to productivity that is efficient and easy to do, in order to produce business-quality, planned work on time. Plan and measure productivity in units of useful measure pertinent to your goal. Do not measure progress in units of related items associated, but not directly conducive to, productivity. Do not create time-consuming plans and measures centered on preparation to productivity. Where items that severely block productivity occur, create a plan to dissolve the area of concern; do not feed the concern with time, money, and energy. For example, if your team is losing productivity due to opposing relationships or managerial styles due to personality, do not cement this concern into reality by trying to resolve it.
We are what we declare. If we say that there is a detriment to productivity, then there is. Spending time, then, might make the appearance of this problem look better, but the problem will always be there because we declared it so – we realized it into existence. Declaring a problem and then resolving it only keeps the problem alive. When people ask, “How’s it going?” they are really referring to the original problem or tomorrow’s problem, not to your solution.
Some scientists say we form our personalities by the age of five years. This personality is our summation of the choices we made then that give us our world now. These choices of the past regulate what we can do and not do. They give us our likes and dislikes; our rewards and our fears. It even clouds how we see others. Now, clinically, this is not personality, but clinical expectations. Clinical expectations are the defense programs we have etched into our subconscious minds to keep us safe from the past events that we perceived could harm us. As we grow up, we lose the weakness and vulnerabilities that we had while young, but the robotic defense programs in our mind not only stay active, but actually cause and seek out things from which to protect us. That is why, when we feel someone has pushed our buttons, it is us actually pushing our own buttons with someone else’s hand.
So, instead of taking personality tests to find out which of four basic personality types we are stuck with, we can change or eliminate the clinical expectations from our minds, using hypnotherapy or by standing in Natural Law and restoring our wholeness of being. Wholeness of being allows us so many options, our contexts are so expanded, that nothing occurs as a problem or a limitation. We can regain the real choices of we want to be and achieve what we want. And when the entire team frees themselves from these clinical limitations, the team can focus on work, and not how to get along, or communicate. Now we give all of our time and energy to advancing our goal, not getting ready or trying to be able to do it. We are doing it. Productivity will create the team and enable good communication.