Mapping the Future

Passive Productivity: A New Way Forward for A Post-pandemic World

As the globe was swept away by the global pandemic, all of us were enlightened with profound insights about things that matters to us. Students learned the value of time management, Industry workers realised the potential of working under pressure and higher education institutes realised how pivotal is the role of hybrid mode of education by dovetailing online technology with on campus experience. This exercise in managing ourselves during pandemic has made all of us realise the need to maintain an optimal level of productivity that balances our domestic and professional lives through ingenious use of a growth mindset. One thread to delineate from this experience is the need to understand the methods surrounding productivity.

One need not rot in trenches of anxieties and procrastinations over maintaining the required level of productivity. Researchers all over the globe have professed the need to understand the concept of ‘Passive productivity’. The term is antagonistic to the baffling exigencies of productivity of the olden days when the working culture demanded the employees to work till complete exhaustion and not complain about such culture as well. Passive productivity refers to learning and mastering the art of productivity keeping in mind the subjective conditions and developing personal habits which maximise productivity over a set period of time instead of the other way around where many workers had to deprive themselves of any rest whatsoever in order to keep an optimal level of productivity. Such an exercise is useful for employees and employers as well as young students dreaming of making it big in the corporate world.

Like all habits that generate good results, passive productivity takes time to inculcate and regular reminders to engage in activities that result in the desired results. Apart from making the individuals self-sufficient, this habit forces everyone to take initiative to grow at a rate that is desirable by the individual and help get rid of the terrible ill of procrastination. One tenet of procrastination is running away from the task due to internalised idea of perfect results. This can be avoided if one accepts a relaxed approach and a calm stoic work regime which ensures that an individual need to develop a continuous habit of making small attainable productive goals. With this, one can achieve larger goals and maximize their productivity.

We have to take into cognizance the significance of the pandemic that all of us have bravely faced. With our lives slowly getting back on track, we must not loose from our learnings of yesterday. Make positive changes to your habits so that you can maximize productivity using techniques that exhibit a continuous growth over a period of time. Students and professionals alike will benefit from this new idea of seeing productivity as a calm and stoic exercise.