On the 18th of November, Ashley SueLyn, the founder and CEO of The Real Planner has shared her thoughts about unleashing one’s ability to do more via the FutureLab On Air.
The Real Planner is a social innovation firm that connects current productivity style with their flagship Type-P methodology. In this webinar, Ashley SueLyn has discussed how to be productive based on one’s unique productivity style.
WHAT IS A TYPE A, B, C AND D PERSONALITY?
AND WHAT IS A TYPE P PERSONALITY?
Type A: People who are competitive, have an unrealistic sense of urgency and may find it hard to relax under high pressure
People who are more laid back, relaxed, emotional and flexible
Type C: People who are in control, stable, enjoy details and logic
Type D: People who are supportive, caring, thoughtful and compassionate
Type P: People who perceive, who are proactive, productive, positive, powerful and are a planner
There are also: Type E, I, S, N, F, T, J, including P from the Myers Briggs Personality Test
HOW DO YOU TAKE ON MORE?
HOW DO YOU MANAGE YOUR TIME DOING SO MUCH?
1. Eat well, sleep right and exercise!
Eating, sleeping and exercising are very important to maintain productivity. Ashley SueLyn has urged participants to eat healthily, sleep at a right amount and exercise moderately to maintain a fruitful lifestyle and this a prerequisite to being able to do more.
2. Identification of bad habits then overcome them
According to Ashley SueLyn, good habits are stepping stones to productiveness. We should identify bad habits that make us lose productivity then create mechanisms to overcome the bad habits. Some examples of bad habits listed by Ashley SueLyn were procrastination, always late, forgetfulness and being a perfectionist. For her, it was that she can’t say no to herself.
Identification of the problem is always crucial to be able to solve it. For example, Ashley SueLyn has always wanted to binge-watch TV shows like Riverdale and she will sometimes neglect more important things for that. As such, she only allowed herself to watch it when she is running on the treadmill. She also trains herself to be able to stop watching at anytime when she realizes she is being unproductive.
Ashley SueLyn is also a procrastinator in nature. To overcome procrastination, she would tighten her schedule with her priorities and appointments back to back so that she will not have time to procrastinate. However, it is always important to schedule time for yourself to relax. She will include both her work and leisure time in her schedule so that she will complete all her work before she relaxes.
Lastly, it is also important to automate good habits. Research says that it takes 21 days to get used to a simple habit such as drinking 8 glasses of water a day and it may take up to 66 days to get used to a more complex habit. Reward yourself after you did a good deed and maintain your good habit.
THE 4 TENDENCIES FRAMEWORK BY GRETCHEN RUBIN
The 4 tendencies framework is created by Gretchen Rubin who is a famous author, blogger and motivational speaker. Knowing our tendencies allow us to know how we are wired and how to motivate self to work better and do more.
There are 4 different types of tendencies, which are:
(a) Upholder: People who are readily responding to outer and inner expectations.
They are self-directed and can easily make up their minds to do something. However, they may be rigid and might have a hard time delegating tasks, which can limit success.
(b) Questioner: People who question all expectations and will only respond to inner expectations
They are willing to search for efficiency and love to solve problems but the excessive information that they seek might overwhelm them and lower productivity.
(c) Obliger: People who readily respond to outer expectations but struggle to respond to inner expectations
They are extremely obedient and can really execute when given a clear expectation. However, they require a lot of outer accountability and will be worried if they cannot meet other’s expectations.
(d) Rebels: People who resist all outer and inner expectations
They are great at thinking outside the box and will be able to do anything if they really want to. They might neglect some tasks or expectations because of their tendencies to resist expectations.
Globally, there are 40% obligers, 24% questioners, 19% upholders and 17% rebels. You may have different tendencies but there will definitely be one that strongly resonates with you.
HOW DO YOU BE MORE PRODUCTIVE BASED ON YOUR TENDENCIES?
THE FOUR MENTAL ENERGY LEVELS
Energy levels vary according to one’s habits, choices, and natural tendency. We should identify when our contemplative energy usually peaks because that is when we best reflect and make decisions for ourselves.
Habit energy is meant for fillers (tasks that are not important and not urgent) because it takes the least amount of energy to do it. Audience energy is when you don’t feel like conversing and would prefer observing, you can use it to delegate urgent but not important tasks. Engagement energy is where most of us are when we have slept and ate enough and is best used for tasks that you have allocated time to (tasks that are important but not urgent). Contemplative energy is the most precious energy of all and should be used for important and urgent tasks. Matching mental energy levels to the appropriate tasks allow us to do work more efficiently and effectively.
This article was originally written by Melanie Hew and first published on FutureLab, a social learning community that aims to empower mentees to take charge of their careers by connecting them to global mentors who care. FutureLab was built to help students and ambitious young professionals network with a wide range of industry experts and provide a platform where they can learn and ask questions to help them figure out what they want to do for their future careers and how to take it to the next level.