When it comes to productivity, my eyes are always open to finding new tips to make myself and others better. As a creator and writer in the self-improvement niche, productivity is one of my main concerns when it comes to writing. One of the concepts that people always ask is if productivity is a skill. And to that, my answer will always be the same.
Productivity is a skill because it is something that anyone can improve over time. This means that we can get better as long as we practice productivity throughout our life. Productivity is not stagnant in the sense that you are just born with it. You need to develop it through sheer experience and hard work.
This article will revolve around this topic, we would explain in more detail why is productivity a skill. Furthermore, we are going to explain a little about productivity. I am also going to give my own self as an example of why productivity is something that can be improved. Thus, a skill.
Is productivity a skill
Productivity is a life skill since it is something that you can improve over time. It is something that we use and should improve throughout our life. Our productivity skills can change for the better or for the worse depending on how we act. This makes productivity a life skill.
When some people would say that they aren’t just productive enough, I actually feel sad.
The reason is that I would always want to change their perspective to: “They aren’t productive enough ‘yet.'”
The “yet ” is an important part of the statement since it implies that there is room for improvement.
Here is the thing, when talking about productivity, it is something that would always change. Daily, weekly, or even hourly.
The reason is that there is always a way to make things better or worse.
The reason for this is because we are emotional creatures. We are most if not always affected by our mood.
We can get motivated today and work too much because we feel like it. There are days that we just want to lay in bed because of the cold weather.
That’s the thing about productivity. It is not constant and it changes.
However, the reason why productivity is a skill is that even if that’s the case, we can use it to make us work even if we don’t feel like doing things.
That’s the concept of the book the 5 Seconds Rule by Mel Robbins where she teaches in her book about what we can do to force ourselves into doing things.
I made a video here where I made a book summary of the book, you can check it out if you’re interested. In book summaries.
For more videos like this, feel free to check out my YouTube channel. I make videos about self-improvement and book summaries. Here is the link: YouTube Channel
But back to my point of why productivity is a skill.
What makes productivity a skill is because it is our responsibility to be better, or worse. it’s just like the skill of playing the guitar. You get better the more you practice, and you won’t improve or lose your touch when you don’t practice.
The perfect example of this is me. When I first started to create websites and write content, I was really bad at productivity. I was so bad at time management that 2 of my websites failed, and started to get better
That time, I have 2 choices, to improve or not.
However, for a whole 2 years, it was so bad that I failed. When I decided that it’s really time to change my life, I started to turn the tables.
Right now, in just a few months, I am earning enough for me to have a comfortable life. I won’t say that I earn a lot since I’m still not at that level. But I’m earning enough for me to eat properly and have shelter above my head.
Why did that happen? I learned to be productive and made more content.
From someone who writes articles once a month, I changed it to make 7-8 articles each week. Thus, the increase in my rate of content production made this website way better than before.
And that is just in 3 months’ time where I really decided to learn and apply productivity. The reason why I’m saying apply is that I am learning and reading books for quite some time now, but never really applied.
That’s like reading a book about how to play the guitar without using the guitar.
Another reason for productivity is a skill. It is something that you apply to get better at it.
We know that time management is a big part of productivity. If you’re interested in knowing how to be better at time management, I have an article that you can read. It is a good read if you’re really interested in preventing poor time management. Here is the link: How to avoid poor Time Management
How do you explain productivity?
Productivity can be explained as the ability to produce more with less time. That means a machine making more products in less time is considered to be more productive. A person doing more things in a shorter amount of time is considered to be a productive person.
There is a reason why this is included in the article. If we want a better understanding of productivity, we have to explain it.
In my simple explanation, productivity is our ability to produce more with less time.
According to Oxford Languages, the meaning of ability is “the possession of the means or skill to do something.” That’s why if productivity is an ability that we use to manage our time in order to do more, then it is a skill.
I hope you’ve seen the link between the two. Our abilities are our skills to do something.
But productivity doesn’t always mean that we’re talking about a person.
Productivity can be used for machines. That’s why factories are always worried about increasing their productivity and found out that they can use machines to improve their productivity.
For example, as someone interested in toy cars, most of us will be familiar with Hot Wheels. The reason these cars are cheap is that they were able to produce more car models with less time because of automation.
The ability of the machine to produce more is also productivity.
If a person can be productive, so can machines.
Productivity is a general term for producing more with less time.
However, when we’re talking about productivity as a skill, then it is solely focused on humans.
And your power to get better or worse with productivity makes it a skill.
What is an example of productivity?
Productivity is the ability to produce more at a faster speed. An example of productivity is a person’s ability to produce or make results with their limited time. Another example of productivity is when a factory uses machines to produce more products in a span of time.
As we’ve already explained earlier, productivity is the ability of an individual to produce results with less time. It is how we maximize our limited time.
A perfect example is how I managed to make more content compared to who I was before. I was able to manage my time and find the perfect time for me to write where I am always in my “A” game.
This ability can from numerous hours of learning and applying what works for me and not. It is not something that I was just better at productivity.
This took a lot of learning, applying, and self-reflection.
Can you see where I am going? Even examples of productivity are linked to it being a skill.
I believe that learning, applying, and self-reflection are important when talking about productivity. You should always know where you are and where you will be going.
That’s why I suggest you read my other article about self-reflection as it helped me a lot in improving myself. Here is the link: How to develop your Self-Reflection Practice
Also, it can also be the ability of a group to produce more results. This makes the group productive or what others call a synergistic relationship between groups.
This makes most businesses succeed. Since they can do more with less time, most businesses are looking for this type of team.
Businesses also believe that productivity is a skill. That’s why you’re going to see businesses building workshops and lectures in making their workers more productive.
They see it as an investment since if they can make their people productive, they can be sure that they are an asset to their company.
As you can see, an individual is not the only thing involved in productivity. Productivity can also be applied in groups, machines, and many more.
But my point is this.
It is our responsibility or our ability to make us productive or not. This makes productivity a skill. If you want to practice productivity, then you’ll get better at it. If not, then you’re not going to be productive. The way your mastery of productivity changes makes it a skill.
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If you’re following me, you’ll know that I believe it is essential to have some tools, whether it’s for personal development or lifestyle in general.
So, here are the things I love.
If you want to learn things for free, then I recommend you to watch my YouTube Channel. Click the Button Below to go straight into my Channel. 🙂
Okay, let me first explain my Channel.
I believe that I really can’t explain everything too well on my blog. That’s why I created a YouTube Channel so I can easily explain a lot of things. Plus, I believe that Video Sharing is the future.
The next thing is books. Books are, for me, one of the cheapest ways to get invaluable information. We can learn personal development, finance, career, relationships, and many more from books.
Here, I will be listing my favorite books in different categories.
- For Beginners – 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey – Personal development has a lot of concepts and ideas to learn. Thus it can be really hard for beginners to know where to start. Thus, I recommend this book since all the basic concepts of personal development are here(except finance, check what I recommended for that)
- Productivity – The One Thing by Gary Keller – This book teaches us the power of focusing on one thing which is the ultimate source of productivity. The concepts taught are what I am using to constantly publish YouTube videos while maintaining this website.
- Busy? – Make Time by Jack Knapp – This book teaches us how to make time for the things we love. The concept is really simple but I think that makes it a book worth reading.
- Health – Lifespan by Dr.Sinclair – This Book teaches about the latest scientific research on lifespan. In his book, he has shared numerous things he is doing to slow down his aging process. This can be as easy as eating less which he recommends.
- Finance – The Richest Man in Babylon by George Clason – Perhaps one of the first books I’ve read about Finance, this book for me is the best if we are talking about learning basic finance such as basic saving and investing. The concepts are very simple but effective.
Take this advice as a grain of salt.
I don’t recommend buying Audiobooks one by one. I mean, audiobooks can be quickly finished by listening while working out or doing some mindless tasks.
So here is to save you some money. Just go for a monthly subscription to Audible. I believe that you will save a lot of money with that plus, they usually give freebies to anyone starting.
My Audiobook Recommendation will always be the same as my book recommendations, but I personally like The 5 Second Rule by Mel Robbins. I like how she is so casual while reading her book.