“Always remember that you are absolutely unique. Just like everyone else.”
I love this quote, which is usually attributed to cultural anthropologist Margaret Mead. It’s true: We are all unique, and yet we are united in our very uniqueness. It seems like an oxymoron, but it makes total sense. And it applies to so many of our day-to-day activities. From eating to exercising to picking a book to read, we are all doing very similar things, in very individual ways.
It applies to productivity, too. You may have encountered productivity systems on the internet or bestseller lists, and those can be fantastic resources for general guidance. But, with no disparagement whatsoever to those systems’ creators, I want to give you a piece of advice: Don’t assume that a productivity system is right for you, just because an expert developed it. After all, if there were one tried-and-true universal system, we’d all be using it! Productivity, like any other lifestyle or habit, is a unique endeavor.
Finding a productivity style that’s the right fit for you is a completely individual thing. One size does not fit all when it comes to productivity.
So how can you know what’s best for you? It’s simple. Trial and error.
Be Like Goldilocks and Find Just the Right Productivity Fit
One of the key things I work with women on is developing a customizable productivity routine. We talk about key focuses, agendas, and working styles. As you develop your productivity habits, try different approaches. Should you use an app or old-school handwritten notes? Should you categorize tasks by client or work type? Should you prioritize tasks by deadline, scope, or a combination of the two?
Only one person knows the answers to those questions: You. If you don’t know the answers yet, you will with a little bit of trial and error.
Once You’ve Found Your Productivity Routine, Keep It Consistent
Once you’ve mixed, matched, and devised your routine, be consistent with it. Ultimately, you have to be inspired by your personal system, because if it’s more cumbersome than helpful, it won’t get you far. If you think you have a great system, but you find yourself doing regular workarounds, then unfortunately it’s not actually a great system for you.
All that said, there are some reliable productivity tips that will be helpful no matter what your work style and personality are. You can find some in my earlier blog posts, or you can download my free ten simple ways to Supercharge Your Productivity checklist.