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The Proactive and Reactive approach to Personal Productivity3 min read

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Personal productivity is something we all are working on. And we all have experienced struggle with personal productivity.

We read, learn and carry out every strategy for personal productivity.  Every strategy that claims to transform how we manage or day and tasks completely gains our attention.

However, not every productivity hack works for you. This is the reason productivity gurus recommend to build our own personal productivity strategy. Still many of us fail to find the one strategy that works.

The problem lies in how we approach personal productivity.

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The Reactive Approach to Productivity

Most of us knowingly or unknowingly carry out the reactive approach. The reactive approach to productivity is responding to a crisis or an issue as it comes.

This happens because we fail to plan for the unexpected. In some cases, we simply fail to plan, and everything that happens becomes unexpected.

This is a dangerous approach. It leaves us vulnerable to unexpected results and in turn, causes a lot of stress and anxiety.

People who are reactive, usually wait for something terrible to happen and often make situations even worse for themselves. The reactive approach destroys any scope for improvement or growth as you only make changes when the situation becomes worse.

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The Proactive Approach to Productivity

The proactive approach to productivity is based on how we anticipate change. After that, you can adjust and fine-tune your strategies and be ready if that change happens.

Needless to say that the proactive approach is better suited if you want to be super productive.

By analyzing facts and signals, you can expect if something is going to happen. You can then prepare a plan to tackle such situations.

This approach makes you calm and ready for anything that comes your way. Whenever something is going to happen, you don’t need to rush to the drawing table to figure out your next course of action.

The proactive approach empowers you to improve and grow in your life and career continually. It also makes you a master of handling unexpected situations as you learn to stay calm.

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Which one should you choose?

The answer is obvious, the Proactive approach to personal productivity is the way to go. However, even though you are proactive, there will be scenarios where you would need to be reactive. And as you learn the art of remaining calm during the crisis by practicing proactivity, reactivity becomes simple.

Even when the time comes to be reactive, you think with a proactive mind. You make sure that the crisis and the issues that follow are handled in the best possible way.

Let me know if your thoughts on this two approaches in the comments.

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