Have you ever worked on a project before and got results that matched the efforts you put into it? What about a case where you didn’t put much effort into something, and at the end, the results were as disappointing as the efforts? Productivity can be looked at from these two angles. So, the big question is: what is productivity?
Understanding What Productivity Is
Productivity can be defined as your capacity for the effectiveness of meaningful effort, where this can be measured in both your input and output rates. This could be confusing, so here’s a more elaborate explanation:
Think of productivity from the angle of work done. Assume that today you’re given some work to do, and you work on it day and night, or you simply just put so much effort into it. Supposing that at the end of it all, you succeed and your results turn out to be quite impressive, then it can be said that you were productive. In the same case, if you failed to put enough effort into your work and the results end up disappointing, then it’ll be said that you were not quite productive. So, what’s this productivity really?
We’ll proceed and attempt to understand it using rates of both input and output. When you work hard on a project, and the results are impressive, then your input and output can be said to be balanced; hence you’ve been productive. On the other hand, if your efforts are low and they yield low results, then your input and output are both low; hence you were not productive. Clear now?
We’ll always attempt to do things in an effort to remain productive, meaning in an effort to yield something meaningful. When we feel distracted or get tired, we all know what will happen if we don’t do something to change that. Therefore, we’ll always try to take actions that will ensure our productivity doesn’t go down; we try to remain productive! But why? It’s because it is important to be productive. This is why:
Why Productivity Is Important
If you’re productive, then it means your results at the end are either impressive or are meaningful. You’re not productive if you fail to deliver satisfactory results, or if what you’re doing is not meaningful. It’s important to be productive because it’ll mean that your actions and efforts actually pay off and depending on exactly what you’re doing, then it could even mean that what you’re doing helps someone or affects someone else in a particular way, whether directly or indirectly.
Nonetheless, when you’re productive, it means that you’re doing something useful; something meaningful. And anything meaningful could add some value to your life while the reverse is true. Who wouldn’t want to see that everything they’re doing is for the good of either someone else or of their own?
Are you studying and feeling that you may not be able to achieve your end goal because you’re becoming less and less productive for one reason or another? Remember why it is important to be productive. It means good to not only you but anyone else who may benefit through your actions. Productivity is the fuel that keeps us going after it reminds us why we are doing what we are doing.