Personal Development Part 1: How to Increase Productivity

February 9, 2017
Cynthia Kaui

Learn how to increase productivity in high school, college, and beyond.

To increase productivity, you need both external and internal tools.

The word “productivity” may not be commonly used among high school students, but it is important to be prepared for the academic and social demands that you will encounter in college.

Productivity has different meanings to people. For some people, it could mean multi-tasking and getting a lot of tasks done. For some people, it could mean having a peace of mind while working hard. For some people, it could mean getting a lot more done in an efficient amount of time.

After deciding what “productivity” means to you, you need to understand how to be productive. Here are a few ways you can increase productivity while in high school so you’re ready to tackle the next four years of college:

Increase productivity with tangible tools  

It is difficult to evaluate and increase productivity if you do not know where your time is going. If you are not set on your priorities, you will not be able to plan for success and be happy while achieving success in all aspects of your life, whether it is academic or personal.

Thus, one helpful suggestion is to keep a planner. You can either have a written planner or you can use your phone calendar. In your planner, write down when assignments are due, your extracurricular activities, as well as social events.

Keep in mind, it is crucial to not overschedule yourself. If you have too many priorities in your life, you will not have sufficient time to focus on the things that will propel you to have academic and personal success in college.

Increase productivity with the right mindset

Apart from the right external tools, you also need the right inner mindset. If you do not keep your eyes on the big picture, it will be hard to keep yourself focused and motivated. Thus, it’s important to solidify your purpose before going into college, so you know what to pursue what makes you the happiest prior to college.

College is the best opportunity to learn more about yourself personally but also succeed academically and prepare for post-college life. As in high school, it is important to prioritize academics above all else in college, so being honest with yourself in self-evaluation will increase productivity.

Well-acclaimed leadership book author and leadership coach, John Maxwell, views “productivity” as utilizing your 24 hours in the most effective way. Sam Huff, a former professional American football linebacker in the NFL, says that “Discipline is the whole key to being successful. We all get 24 hours each day. That’s the only fair thing; it’s the only thing that’s equal. What we do with those 24 hours is up to us.”

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Cynthia Kaui Cynthia Kanoelani Kaui is obsessed with penguins, Blair Waldorf, 'Parks and Rec,' anime, and the performing arts.

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