What’s your productivity Achilles’ heel?

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What's your productivity Achilles' heel?

Try as you might, it’s hard to be productive at times. In fact, you could be forgiven for thinking there might be an entire resistance movement within yourself – a productivity Achilles’ heel, of sorts. As it turns out, there is. And you’d better find out what it is.


The realization


You’ve been there before. I’ve been there before. We’ve all been there before. In face of our todo lists, we crumble, despite our best intentions. Then there’s guilt and shame, perhaps followed by anger and renewed resolve – the intensity of which depends on how important the thing you didn’t end up doing was. We all know the cycle all too well – yet there’s also something inherently humand and fallible in the notion of being imperfect.


Being perfect, of course, is the domain of computers. Of machines. So, it’s only natural that you can’t live up to those expectations, whether set by yourself or others.


What you can do, however, is improve – at which humans excel. And the best way to do so is to identify your productivity Achilles heel. It’s the one thing that, most often, keeps you from doing what you’re supposed to do.


The investigation


For some, it’s the constant availability of media, which breeds distraction – and in turn, procrastination.


For others, it’s a steady strem of incoming communications, catering to our addictive nature.


Perhaps you’re simply trying to do a task that requires a high level of mental or physical energy when said energy is depleted.


You might simply not be getting enough rest.


Are you working in an environment suitable for the nature of the task you’re carrying out?


Or, you could be running low on willpower – which, fortunately, is a muscle that can be trained.


It could even be a combination of several of the above.


It could be something entirely else.


The reaction


The important thing is that you find it. That you name it. That you recognize it when it rears its ugly head. And then, just as you would with a school bully, stand up to it.


It might not even know what hit it.