Posted by: csdivakar | September 13, 2018

Productivity and Knowledge Worker

What is Productivity? 

The dictionary definition of productivity is A measure of the efficiency of a person, machine, factory, system, etc., in converting inputs into useful outputs.”

Who is Knowledge Worker? 

The term “knowledge worker” was first coined by Peter Drucker in his book, The Landmarks of Tomorrow (1959). Drucker defined knowledge workers as high-level workers who apply theoretical and analytical knowledge, acquired through formal training, to develop products and services.

How Productivity increases for Knowledge workers ?  Knowledge workers do their best when they can access their creativity & intuition.

According to Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi , author of book Flow : The Psychology of Optimal experience explains “Flow” as , flow, also known colloquially as being in the zone, is the mental state of operation in which a person performing an activity is fully immersed in a feeling of energized focus, full involvement, and enjoyment in the process of the activity.

  1. Complete concentration on the task
  2. Clarity of goals and reward in mind and immediate feedback
  3. Transformation of time (speeding up/slowing down of time)
  4. The experience is intrinsically rewarding
  5. Effortlessness and ease
  6. There is a balance between challenge and skills
  7. Actions and awareness are merged, losing self-conscious rumination
  8. There is a feeling of control over the task

Awareness on Conscious Mind, our mind is able to track only 4 things at a time. According to American Psychology association, we are thinking on an average 40,000 to 60,000 thoughts per day through sub-conscious mind. However, conscious mind is able to prioritize only pressing things which will give results.

According to productivity expert David Allen , author of Getting Things Done, to approach a design of work :-

CAPTURE: Capture everything in a system or journal that you will refer.

CLARIFY :  Clarify it by identifying the immediate action and consequences

ORGANIZE: Organize the actions in a clear buckets to connect the consequences like Work , Home, Finance etc.,

REFLECT: Reflect daily, weekly, monthly. It gives you a focus and activates the Reticular activating system (RAS) . So that conscious and sub-conscious mind supports to achieve the desired outcome.

ENGAGE: Once you focus, naturally engaging with Flow.. where complete attention, clarity of goal, and not distracted with multi-tasking. Creativity flows and being productive can be learnt…

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