Productivity: How to Concentrate On Your Most Exceptional Talents
With endless to-do lists, meetings and deadlines, many people are in a hectic place in their work life. And hey, we can all relate. After all, how many times have you looked at the clock after a whirlwind day and thought to yourself “I was slammed all day… but don’t feel like I got anything done!” Do you want to bring productivity to the office?
Productivity vs. Being Busy
While this is something that affects some employees more than others, when it does strike, it can set wheels spinning: “Why do I feel like I accomplished nothing when I barely had time for lunch?!”
The reason is often simple— in the midst of all of the chaos, you haven’t used your biggest talents. You’ve focused your time and energy on things that are time consuming but low-productivity that, in the end, may not give you the results that you want.
For most, when we’re utilizing our most exceptional talents, we feel fulfilled. At the end of it all, we typically feel like we’ve had a productive day and more often than not, have enjoyed it. The caveat? This can only happen if one is actually utilizing their most valuable skills that they bring to the table. So, what can you do to ensure that you’re able to truly focus on using your biggest talents?
— Figure Out What You Love to Do
While this is often easier said than done, start at square one. Most people have a fairly accurate idea of where their natural talents fall, but at the end of the day, it’s about loving what you’re doing. As the old adage says, love what you’re doing and you’ll never work a day in your life. If you’re unsure, have a brainstorming session to narrow down what you believe you contribute most to the organization you’re working for. Ask yourself: What do I truly love doing at work? What are the things I’m naturally talented at? Where do I enjoy spending my time?
— Your Exceptional Talent Should Be a Permanent Part of Your Role
In order to set yourself up to focus on your specialty, it makes sense that your talent would be a part of your job description. If you’re in a leadership position, this comes into play in the form of delegation. While this can sometimes be a tricky process for one who’s not in a leadership role, discuss with your manager the possibility of giving up some of the tasks on your plate in lieu of projects that are more closely aligned with the value that you bring to the organization. Often this can not only increase your productivity, it can help to increase output quality.
— Schedule Specific Days to Maximize Your Talent
Schedule out some time during the week— whether it’s whole days, half days, or hours— for some disturbance-free time. During your scheduled time, your job is simple. Focus on the talent that you bring to the organization, utilizing it to grow your company and talent in the process. Remember, having one extremely strong skillset can often be stronger than doing a bunch of smaller tasks mediocre.
In the end, what’s most important is focusing on the 10% of things that help to produce 90% of your successful outcomes— results that become even more powerful it they’re geared around your most valuable talents. By concentrating on what you love to do and are great at, you’ll not only gear yourself up for success— you’ll begin setting yourself apart as a key asset in any organization.