Defining Productivity…

Mitch Schneider
February 15, 2020

I started a deep dive into the concept of productivity yesterday.

What is productivity and how do you define it?

The formal definition revolves around measuring units of output in terms of the units of input. Realistically, I’m not sure well that definition works. I’m much more comfortable with measuring what you are able to accomplish within the time allotted. It’s easier for me to gauge whether or not an activity is moving me closer to my vision. Closer to where I want or need to be.

Road Testing That Definition

Road testing that definition in terms of what I needed to get done was a good way to see just how effective it was going to be.

The first thing on my list was to complete and turn in the final outline for a breakout I’ll be presenting in Carlsbad at the end of March. It’s the first opportunity I’ve been able to accept because it’s within driving distance. Air travel, airports, and airplanes are still on the list of forbidden activities. The freeway isn’t, which means I can actually participate.

Lesley and I followed that with our first of two walks around the neighborhood. Walking is a critical part of my recovery. Then, it was a video conference focused on the website and repurposing four of the eight management manuals I wrote and our second walk. There was more, but you get the idea.

Despite the fact I was unable to fit a blog post in it was still a pretty productive day. Especially, when you look at what I was able to accomplish within the time allotted. That’s why a definition that works is so important.

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