Personal productivity in the workplace

What could you do with an extra 100 minutes per day?

I attended a session last week facilitated by productivity expert Glenn Tranter, which I found very informative and a wonderful reminder on how important productivity is in the workplace.

It got me thinking that if my session with Glenn motivated me, I should share some of the conversation with you my SBA ‘profit tippers.’

But before I delve into some tips on how to gain more time in your hectic schedules, let’s start with a definition of what productivity is;

“Productivity is the effectiveness of productive effort, especially in industry, as measured in terms of the rate of output per unit of input.”

In this application output equals results from what you set out to do and input is the time it takes to do them. To improve productivity, the objective is to achieve more (especially the important things) in less time.

The reality is there are many things we can do about improving productivity, and importantly don’t forget the benefits which can be achieved from improving your personal productivity.

In our conversions, Glenn stated that the average improvement from attendees of his program is gaining 100 min per day. So ask yourself, what could you do if you had an extra 100 min a day to focus on the things that matter? I asked my colleagues this same question and the answers varied from better work-life balance, less stress and improved financial results-so who wouldn’t want to improve their productivity!

Now let’s move onto the list of tips that Glenn and I would like to share with you as a starting point to improving your productivity;

  1. Mindset shift - If you think you can you can, if you think you can't you can't. You have to want to make changes to improve productivity.
  2. Make changes - Behavioural changes are essential, you cannot improve anything without making changes.
  3. Prioritise - Be clear on what really matters, generally the most important things aren't urgent and don't get priority.
  4. Learn to say NO - If you don’t control your time others will do it for you.
  5. Determine when your peak energy period is - Complete the most important things in your peak energy periods.
  6. Plan your week – Plan your week on a Friday so your productive first thing Monday and this also helps to keep your weekends free.
  7. Schedule – Be sure to schedule your actions.
  8. Set clear goals – Set clear goals for 30, 60 and 90 days.
  9. Accountability – If you’re having trouble getting things done, have somebody hold you accountable. This will make an enormous difference to your outputs.
  10. Establish your rhythm – Set your rhythm or routine so that over time it changes your behaviour.

My ‘phil-osophy’ is you will be remembered for what you achieve not how busy you are –so let’s focus on achieve results, not excuses.

Review the above tips and select a few that will give you maximum results, and start making some changes today. You will be surprised at how quickly you see the benefits!

I’m looking forward to working with Glenn next month when we run a productivity session for some of my SBA clients. If you too would like to speak to Glenn about any of his programs for you or your business, you can email him on and let him know I sent you. I also highly recommend you subscribe to Glenn’s productivity newsletter at

If you would like assistance with how to make changes in your business or any of our leadership and mentoring programs, simply contact us at;

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Philip Coombs

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