Productivity is not one-size-fits-all. We each have unique talents, abilities, strengths, and weaknesses. In other words, we each have a unique productive personality.
You have one that’s unique to you, and I have one that’s unique to me.
This means that some of the strategies and tactics that work for someone else might not work as well for you and vice versa.
In this article, I’m going to talk about why it’s good that you have your own productive personality and how you can start figuring out what yours is.
You’re Not Normal
They say that opposites attract.
This means that, very often, morning people marry night owls, organized people marry artists, and patient people marry doctors (that last one’s a joke. Get it?).
Now, I don’t know if you’ve ever been in a relationship with someone who is very different than you, but I can tell you from experience that being married to an opposite has some real advantages.
One of the biggest advantages is that you learn a lot about yourself.
When you’re single, or if you’re in a relationship with someone who thinks exactly like you do, it can be easy to think that the way you do things is the “normal” way.
But if you’re with someone who is different from you, you’ve been given the gift of realizing that you’re not normal.
Being married to an opposite, I have learned a ton about myself that I wouldn’t have given two thoughts about otherwise.
And learning about myself—about all the ways I’m not normal—is good for my productivity.
You Have a Productive Personality
The reason why knowing yourself makes you more productive is because you have a unique productive personality.
And the more you realize that you do things differently from other people, the more open you will be to work along with your productive personality.
For some people, the 5 a.m. club is a perfect fit. For others, it’s a nightmare.
Some people swear by their day planner, others by their favorite productivity app, and still others by their scattered post-it notes.
There are those who follow the GTD method religiously, and there are those who are religious about their bullet journal.
The point is that everyone’s different when it comes to being productive, and that’s okay.
Everyone has their own productive personality.
Once you realize this, you can stop trying to force the strategies and tactics from someone else’s personality into your life.
And, when you do this, productivity becomes much, much easier.
Your Productive Personality Covers a Lot of Ground
Now, it might be tempting to think that your productive personality determines big things like whether you’re a night owl or early bird.
But the truth is that your productive personality is more far-reaching than that.
Your most productive workspace, the way you should organize your workflow, how you should interact with colleagues, whether you should listen to music while you work, and which productivity tools you should use—all of these things are determined by your unique productive personality.
If you don’t know what your productive personality is, you’re putting yourself at a distinct disadvantage.
So, do yourself a favor and start paying attention to the dimensions of your unique productive personality.
It might just do wonders.