What's Your Process
Productivity is a by product of efficient process.
Procrastination is another.
In another recent post we discussed the myth of hyper-productivity.
There've been articles and posts about how to improve your productivity, better time management tips and ideas for self-improvement.
All of these concepts are by-products of another concept put to action, and that is "process."
Process is defined as "a serious of actions or steps taken in order to achieve a particular end."It is, in other words, what you do in a sequence of steps to achieve a desired outcome.
If you want to train for a marathon, there are a series of training methods and ideas to help. Of course you need to train the requisite number of times - i.e. be "in shape" to best run a marathon, but a process of training would help you maximize your ability.
If you want to learn a foreign language, there are ways to learn quickly, but for most people and most learners, there's a process of language acquisition that takes a dedicated amount of repetition over extended time.
One of the more important concepts in the school of productivity and process is the Pareto Principle.
Otherwise known as the 80/20 rule, the Pareto Principle is the idea that you get 80% of your results from 20% of your actions.
Understanding this dynamic between effort and outcome is crucial to your overall success. By focusing on the 20% that yields the best 80% of your results, you'll accomplish more with less effort.
The trick then, is to develop a process that builds on the 20% that yields the highest gains.