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Measure to Maximise Productivity

"What gets measured gets done." Right?

Accessing your personal productivity is the big secret to staying accountable and on track to reach your goals. Because if you cannot measure it, you cannot improve it.

Measuring anything means that you decided to give it time and attention to understand what is working and what’s not. You can improve your productivity whether at home or at work when you begin measuring it.

What gets measured gets managed and what gets managed, gets done. Peter Drucker

When you take principles of workplace productivity and apply to yourself, you’ll realise these work for your personal productivity as well.

Here are a few steps adapted from them

Step 1 - Choose quality over quantity

Productivity is never about ticking off maximum items from your list…it’s the feeling of accomplishment you get, of a task done well. Which means you have to choose the quality of your work rather than the quantity. And you can achieve quality when you narrow down the things you need to do on a daily basis.

Step 2 - Planning your priorities

We all have limited time and energy. So to get the quality output you have to plan what task is important today to achieve. Then you create a strategy around those priorities. Maybe even priotirizing those priorities. This exercise will also bring your attention to where you're wasting your time.

Step 3 - Be mindful of distractions

Because our attention is a limited resource and distractions are everywhere. There are so many things that are competing for our attention.

For most of us, anchoring our attention has become a daily challenge. But when you’re mindful about the impact - what is distracting you you can work towards making it stop.

Step 4 - Schedule time to measure

Give yourself 5 minutes every day to reflect on how your day has been. How do you feel about your day?

If you feel good about your achievements then you can say you had a productive day. Think about what went right. How did you manage to do that?

If you don’t feel good then think about what went wrong. How much time did you actually work and how much got wasted.