How productive do you think you are on a scale of 1 to 10? The truth is that there are some people who are truly more productive than others but with the constant distractions from technology, short attention spans, and just plain old bad habits, the struggle to be more productive is real. However, let's just set one thing straight, "working longer doesn't mean you are more productive."
Age and seniority mean that you'll be more productive, not gender
Have you heard of the saying, "Don't work hard, work smart"? Well, this can be tagged as the motto of productivity both in one's professional and personal life. One survey conducted by Harvard Business Review revealed that there are certain factors that influence how productive one is. First of all, working for long periods is not productive, two; you have to work smarter than harder and three; age and seniority mean that you'll be more productive. More importantly, the survey revealed that gender played no role in this; both men and women are as productive as each other, however, there were some differences with regards to gender in the habits that made them productive. The study also reveals that employees from different parts of the world are very different; North American workers are generally less productive than those Europe, Asia, and Australia, however, those from South America and Africa residing in North America were more productive than their native counterparts.
Men and women are productive in different areas
Moreover, men and women were also productive equally but in different ways; women ran effective meetings which kept everyone is agreement and were better able to send out an agenda in advance than men, they were also prompt in replying to emails. Men, on the other hand, fared better when it came to avoiding to check their phones for messages and emails. They also could manage to create free slots in their everyday schedules to compose outlines for their memos. In addition to this, employees who were most productive inculated certain habits which helped them. They revised their daily schedule the night before so that they weren't clueless the next day. Before doing any writing work of any length, they created an outline and divided large projects into smaller assignments and rewarded themselves for completing them. Also, they made sure to check their phones every hour, rather than every couple of minutes.
Image credit: IT Peer Network - Intel