Productivity is a measure of how effectively resources are used to achieve a goal. When we talk about productivity, we are referring to the efficiency with which inputs (resources) lead to outputs (results). There are many different ways in which people can be productive, but the most common way is through work.
By understanding what it means for something to be productive and measuring your own productivity, you can better understand how you spend your time and whether or not you’re achieving your goals efficiently. Productivity can be measured in a number of different ways, but the most common measurement we use for productivity is efficiency.
Efficiency asks how much output you get per input. Productivity at work might look like this: every day that I spend working on my project without wasting time or getting distracted, then I’m being productive because I am using up all of my available resources to produce results (e.g., blog posts).
Let’s say one day during the week, though, was absolutely terrible and not only did I waste a lot of time by sitting around chatting with coworkers instead of doing what needed to be done but also wasted hours more by distracting myself with social media when it would have taken me less than an hour to finish an important.