What's Your Productivity Style?

Increasing Productivity - Copyright Bigstock.com/famveldman. Used with permission.

Increasing Productivity - Copyright Bigstock.com/famveldman. Used with permission.

What's Your Productivity Style?

Would you like to find out? Knowing might help you work smarter.

A couple of weeks ago, Kivi Leroux Miller, the Nonprofit Marketing Guide, recommended a quiz in the Harvard Business Review on Productivity Styles. The quiz, developed by productivity expert Carson Tate allowed people to identify their personal productivity styles and then pointed to personalized recommendations for productivity tools.

I was fascinated, almost immediately because I've been experimenting with Project Management and productivity software tools of different types for nearly three years (things like Asana, Podio, Trello, and Kanbanize) and have yet to find a tool that works well for me over the long haul so I took the quiz and I encourage you to also.

My results:  I'm not just a single productivity type. I'm three different productivity styles rolled into one person (no wonder it's hard to find one tool that works). 

Just like with Myers Briggs, True Colors, Social Styles, and many other inventories or profile tools, there is no one "right" profile or superior style. It's simply a matter of understanding your style so that you can adopt the best methods and tools for organizing, scheduling, and planning that will allow you to be most efficient.  

The four styles include (1) Planners, (2) Visualizers, (3) Arrangers, and (4) Prioritizers. The styles are not unrelated to your Meyers Briggs type because they are, in part, about how you sense and perceive (as well as process) information. 

The prioritizers are the ones that tend to be logical and analytical. They bring the data to the table. The Planners love the planning process. They think sequentially. They're practical and action-oriented. The arrangers are natural communicators who anticipate the feelings of others. The visualizers are the big-picture thinkers who sometimes overlook the details.  

Tate offers recommendations for each productivity type. The kind of recommendations she makes include things like office supplies that will be desirable to each productivity style, apps, and other tips to make things work for the different styles.  

For me, I was able to identify which aspects of my three styles fit and which don't. This helped me figure out which type of suggestions might work and which might not.  Tate elaborates on her theories and systems in her book: Work Simply: Embracing the Power of Your Personal Productivity and Style.  

As a result, I was able to transform my office. Later this week, I'll write about the impact of Tate's insights on how I've reconfigured the information in my office.  

If you haven't already, take the quiz!


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