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4 types of productivity styles

When I noticed that I was struggling with the working system around me, I made some research online.
This is what I learnt…

There is no one-size-fits-all approach to productivity. Instead, we need personalized approaches.
This means:

  • employing work strategies that align with our own cognitive styles
  • allocating efforts in a way that suits our strengths and preferences.

Einstein said:
“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid”.

So, because no one likes to live as a stupid, it will be important to understand how to use more our strengths.
But how to make our productivity personal and how help others to see our strengths?

We have to identify your Productivity Style, so that we can work in sync with your natural inclinations.
Each one has its own strengths and prefer base the work on those powers.

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The Prioritizer

– they thrives on organized, sequential, planned, and detailed thinking.
– they immerse themselves in the details of a project, focuses on only the details that help them complete the project quickly and accurately.
– they have never met a calendar or project-planning tool that they did not like.
– They are not known for their spontaneity.
– They have been known to write something on their to-do list that has already been completed, just so they can cross it off.
– They want you to get to the point.
– They hate attending a meeting without an agenda.
– Their emails are detailed, often including bullet points and clearly stated next-action steps.

Contributions to the team:
– Action orientation and practicality
– Finding overlooked flaws in plans or processes
– Organizing and maintaining data and project plans

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The Planner

– they thrives on organized, sequential, planned, and detailed thinking.
– they immerse themselves in the details of a project, focuses on only the details that help them complete the project quickly and accurately.
– they have never met a calendar or project-planning tool that they did not like.
– They are not known for their spontaneity.
– They have been known to write something on their to-do list that has already been completed, just so they can cross it off.
– They want you to get to the point.
– They hate attending a meeting without an agenda.
– Their emails are detailed, often including bullet points and clearly stated next-action steps.

Contributions to the team:
– Action orientation and practicality
– Finding overlooked flaws in plans or processes
– Organizing and maintaining data and project plans

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The Arranger

– They prefer supportive, expressive, and emotional thinking.
– They are the ultimate team player and excel at partnering with colleagues to get work done.
– They are a natural communicator and deftly facilitate project meetings.
– They hate when people lack that personal touch or rely too heavily on data or facts.
– they are talkers, they love stories, eye-to-eye contact, expressing concern for others, and asking questions about the way a project or task helps others.
– they have to avoid adding one more person to the cc: line on their email messages.

Contributions to the team:
– Anticipating how others will feel and understanding their underlying emotions
– Facilitating team interaction
– Persuading and selling ideas

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The Visualizer

– they prefer holistic, intuitive, integrating, and synthesizing thinking.
– they thrive under pressure and are easily bored if they are not juggling multiple, diverse projects.
– they focus on the big-picture and broad concepts making connections.
– they have a tendency to overlook details and tend to value the possibilities over process.
– their excessive spontaneity and impulsiveness can lead to breakthrough ideas, but can also derail project plans at times.
– they have probably not seen the surface of their desk in years because if something is out of sight, it is out of mind.
– their emails tend to be long, filled with concepts and ideas.

Contributions to the team:
– Innovation; serving as a catalyst for change
– Creative problem solving
– Ability to envision the future, recognize new opportunities and integrate ideas and concepts

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Your productivity must be personal.
And the moment you discover your Productivity Style as it fits into your personality and instincts, you’re work-ing smarter in a way that fits you.
From there, you will begin to work simply and live fully.

 

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