How To Improve Your Productivity


Eugene C. Onyibo

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“It is absolutely impossible to succeed if you do not prioritise. If you learn to prioritise, you will be amazed with how productive you will become, even without necessarily working harder.”

Every human being naturally desires success. In the strict sense, success is the accomplishment of a set goal. Hence, the more goals you accomplish the more successful you become. By inference, being more productive (i.e. being able to accomplish more goals) also means being more successful. Since success is the part to happiness, increasing your productivity also leads to increasing your happiness. This is why a successful person is very productive and happy. Such a person is fulfilled in life. Experience lends credence to the fact that most people’s productivity is far less than their abilities.

While most people are less productive, some people are, by all standards, unproductive. It is imperative to remark that being less productive does not necessarily imply being lazy. Most unproductive and less productive people work very hard. This implies, contrary to popular opinion, that hardwork does not guarantee success. Observation shows that there are more hardworking poor people than successful hardworking people. Being less productive also does not imply that no effort is put in the pursuit of excellence. Being very hardworking and unproductive is unarguably a source of frustration.

But why is hardwork insufficient to guarantee success? Why are most people less productive, even when they work very hard? Why do most people perform far below their abilities, even while they are very passionate about success and very actively committed to the pursuit of excellence? Why do most people perform below their expectations all through lives? Why are there more unproductive people than productive people? How can people become more productive? Why do some people achieve more with little efforts while others work round the clock but have nothing to show for their efforts?

There are many answers to these questions. However, one of the most reliable answers is that most people do not prioritise. Prioritising has to do with doing things in their order of importance. It has to do with the ability to concentrate on the tasks that produce greater results and delegate the tasks that produce less results. Prioritising also has to do with being committed to high rewarding tasks while neglecting the tasks that produce no results. Prioritising is justified by the fact that there are always unlimited things to do within a limited time.

There are some implications of the claim that there are always unlimited things to do within a limited time. One of such implications is that no one will ever be able to do all he ought to do, no matter how hard he tries. However, a closer look at the multiple tasks that stare at us reveals that some of them are more important than others. As a matter of fact, some tasks are important while other tasks are unimportant. As a result, the impact of performing some tasks is incomparable with the impacts of performing other tasks.

The impact of performing a task could outweigh the impact of performing all other tasks you have. This idea is clearly captured in the Pareto’s Principle of Optimality (a.k.a The Pareto Principle). This principle holds that 20% of your tasks produce 80% of the results you get, while 80% of your tasks produce 20% of the results you get. Sometimes, however, 10% of your tasks could account for 90% of your results. What this means is that if you concentrate on high rewarding tasks and neglect low rewarding (or unrewarding) tasks, you will work less but achieve more, even in a shorter time.

But can you guess what most people do? Since they are ignorant of the principle of prioritising, they focus on the 80% tasks that produce 20% of the results they get but procrastinate on the 20% tasks that produce 80% of their results. This single factor accounts for why most people perform (far) below their natural abilities and expectations. It also explains why most people work very hard but having little (or nothing) to show for their efforts. Prioritising is one of the most significant factors that separate successful people from failures and the middle class. It is a habit of successful people.

It is absolutely impossible to succeed if you do not prioritise. If you learn to prioritise, you will be amazed with how productive you will become, even without necessarily working harder. If you also learn to consider unproductive tasks as no tasks, you will be more productive for the rest of your life. The important thing is not only how hard you work, but what tasks do you perform. Working very hard on less productive tasks cannot make you a success. Worse still, working very hard on unproductive tasks will  guarantee your failure faster than you think. Prioritising helps you to work smart rather than work hard. It is one of the most reliable keys to improving your productivity.

The fact that many people perform far below their natural abilities is a universal challenge. Many people are confused about why they are always unable to achieve the success they desire, no matter how hard they work and how committed they are to the pursuit of excellence. There are numerous factors that are responsible for this ugly situation. This book, Pathway to Success: Road Map to Unlimited Sustainable Success offers a very reliable guide to achieving an improved productive, happy and sustainable successful life. It would assist you achieve the success you desire faster than you think. Achieving unlimited sustainable success is certain for anyone who learns the secrets of success and correctly applies them to his/her life. This book exposes these secrets. Prioritising, as discussed in detail in this book, is one of the secret of successful people. The book is recommended for anyne who is passionate about improving his/her productivity in life.

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