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Getting to know yourself to be more productive ?

Kirjoittanut: Kevin Di Silvestro - tiimistä Crevio.

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Discovering the secrets of my productivity was a more introspective journey than I could ever have imagined. In the midst of this journey, I realised that understanding my own mechanisms, strengths and weaknesses was essential. For me, this quest for self-knowledge became the real key to personal and professional effectiveness. I began by examining the times when I felt most motivated and energetic. It became apparent that certain times of the day were more conducive to accomplishing demanding tasks. By adapting my schedule to align these tasks with my natural energy peaks, not only did I improve my productivity, I also reduced my stress. It was a revelation: my own biological rhythm had a direct impact on my effectiveness.

Thinking about my work environment was also crucial. I experimented with different set-ups, moving from a traditional office to more open spaces, and even teleworking. This exploration helped me to identify what stimulated my concentration and creativity. For some people, the change of environment may seem minor, but for me it was transformative. Natural light, peace and quiet, or even a light sound environment can significantly influence my ability to stay focused and produce quality work. This inner journey also confronted me with my weaknesses. Recognising my areas for improvement wasn’t always easy, but it was necessary. I learned to accept that some tasks required more effort than others, and that this was not a weakness but rather an opportunity for growth. By tackling these challenges with renewed strategy and patience, I gradually turned my weaknesses into strengths.

Finally, self-knowledge opened my eyes to the importance of ongoing personal development. Every new skill I acquire, every book I read, every experience I share helps to broaden my understanding of myself and the world. This continuous growth is both a source of motivation and a driver of productivity.

However, this journey towards a better understanding of myself has not been without its pitfalls. The pressure to be productive all the time, the temptation to procrastinate when faced with less exciting tasks, and a daily routine that used to be woefully inefficient have been significant sources of frustration. I’ve often found myself caught in the trap of trying to achieve too much in a short space of time, without giving myself the necessary space to breathe or even to reflect. This pressure, often self-imposed, paradoxically led to a reduction in my productivity and a feeling of exhaustion.
Procrastination, in particular, was an old acquaintance. Faced with important or complex tasks, I would find refuge in less demanding activities, constantly putting off what needed to be done. This tendency to avoid difficulties only aggravated the feelings of anxiety and guilt that followed, creating a cycle that was difficult to break.
My daily routine, before this realisation, contributed little to my productivity. It lacked structure and clear objectives, making it easy for my attention to wander and my efforts to be scattered. Without a well-defined routine, each day seemed a struggle to find balance, a constant battle to complete even the most basic tasks.
Faced with these challenges, I had to admit that change was necessary. Realising the negative impact of these habits on my productivity and well-being was the first step towards transformation. I learnt to recognise the signs of excessive pressure and to give myself permission to take breaks, to approach procrastination not as a personal failure, but as a signal indicating the need to review my approach to tasks. Gradually, by introducing a more structured daily routine and setting myself achievable goals, I regained a sense of control and serenity in my work. These adjustments not only improved my productivity; they also increased my general well-being. By accepting and adapting my approach to challenges, I’ve learnt that productivity is measured not just by the quantity of work done, but also by the quality of that work and the path taken to get there. Self-knowledge, in this context, proved to be the key not only to productivity, but also to personal balance and fulfilment.
In conclusion, getting to know yourself is not a quest that ends once a certain level of productivity has been achieved. It’s an ongoing process, an inner dialogue that evolves with time, experience and the changes in our lives. It was by delving deeply into this introspection that I discovered the true essence of my productivity. More than a series of techniques or strategies, it’s self-knowledge that proves to be the most solid foundation on which to build a productive and fulfilling life.

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