What Does Productivity Even Mean?

July 28, 2021

By: The Bublup Team

"Let’s unpack the word, explore why the definition changes shape for different people, and how to use this information to be more productive in our own lives."

What Does Productivity Even Mean?

By: The Bublup Team

You know when you say a word too many times and it loses all meaning?

For a lot of us, the word “productivity” suffers from the same phenomenon. It seems like everything is touted as being a productivity tool, life hack, or tip. So much so, that it can be hard to discern what the word really means and how it can help us.

In order to create an app environment we think everyone could benefit from, we had to consider which qualities truly help us perform better at work and in our personal life.

Let’s unpack the word, explore why the definition changes shape for different people, and how to use this information to be more productive in our own lives.

Why Productivity Means Something Different to Everyone

For one person, to be productive could mean knocking out their 20 bullet to-do list in a given day.

For another, it might mean a long, uninterrupted brainstorming session on a creative problem they’re trying to solve. This dictionary says it’s “the quality, state, or fact of being able to generate, create, enhance, or bring forth goods and services.” Not super helpful! The truth it, all of us have different benchmarks for what a productive day or activity looks like.

All things considered, we believe being productive is akin to being your best self. It means leaning into qualities that help you create, think, work, and play more naturally. While the means will look different from person to person, the end result is a more effortless state for achieving our goals.

As we all change and grow, so will our concept of productivity. To get the most out of our days, we need to stay in tune with ourselves.

How Can You Be More Productive At Work?

Before trying to get more done at your job, consider the moments or days where you really felt in the zone. What specifically helped you get there? Was it a lack of meetings? Was it a collaborative Zoom call? Was it the right soundtrack to get you in the groove?

Being productive is all about setting the stage with an environment that’s right for you. Try to hone in on what gives you the ability to concentrate more on the task at hand. Once you suss that out, you’ll be able to tap into it when you need to perform at your best.

Don’t be afraid to call a brainstorm with your coworkers before putting together a proposal. Put your phone on do not disturb when you need to craft a new blog. Whip up your favorite breakfast ahead of a big day of meetings. Search for the little things that help you perform at a higher level and lean into them.

As far as work productivity tools go, these can be tricky. Since everyone has different needs, it’s tough to find a one-size-fits-all solution. This is especially important at work, where creative environments tend to look like boring blue folders, file lists, and blank Word docs.

Our take on productivity was to give you an environment that can look and feel like you. With Bublup, you can lay out links, notes, and files with attached pictures to help contextualize and personalize your stuff. Folders are like mood boards filled with anything you need for a project, tailored to your unique style. Throw in that music mix you love to edit to, or change your background to a calming yellow.

Whether you’re a type A, B, or somewhere in between, explore the things that give you momentum and the space to be you and be productive.

How Can You Be More Productive In Your Personal Life?

It’s hard not to only associate productivity with work, but personal projects and passions deserve just as much attention. While they’re different areas of your life, your approach can be the same. Try to uncover what commonly gives you a sense of efficiency.

Maybe you’d like to spend more time reading but can’t seem to do so. Consider the place you read. It could be that switching your location makes all the difference. Or maybe you’re reading at the “wrong” time for you. If reading before bed doesn’t stick, try cracking open a book with your morning coffee.

Something else worth considering: You most likely have a place where you keep all your stuff for work, but don’t neglect finding a place for your hobbies too. You may find having a home for your personal stuff allows you to dive deeper into it.

Let’s say you’re a fitness fanatic. When you stumble across a form video you want to reference while squatting, where are you going to save it? Don’t let it live forever in a browser tab you’ll forget about. Just like work, every hobby or interest can benefit from an environment that lets you easily return to it and explore it deeper.

When you boil the word productivity down it will always mean something different for different people. We’re all unique and should focus on what makes us special to achieve more. To us, the word means creating an environment that is both empowering and intuitive. One that allows us to work visually and quickly. Most importantly, an environment where everything is in it’s right place and time isn’t wasted searching through your stuff. If this aligns with what productivity means to you, Bublup might be just what you’ve been looking for.