Understanding and Using Your Personal Operating Peak (POP)

June 9, 2018 286 views

A happy looking man working at a desk

Using Your Personal Operating Peak

Personal Operating Peak (POP) is a term I created that identifies the way you work best. Your POP can contribute to your success or failure. Becoming aware of it is all you need to change the way you work and dramatically improve your performance.

Here’s what it’s all about. There are generally two ways of looking at this:

Split POP

This person needs to be doing more than one task at a time. He needs to be occupied, working on issues simultaneously. Give this person only one thing to do, and he quickly becomes bored and struggles to get through the task. This person may be working on a proposal, working on a website, and planning next week’s work.

He would work on each task a little, and then switch to the next. His work involves continually switching between tasks.

Focused POP

This person needs to focus on one task at a time, and once he completes the current job, he moves on to the next. Give this person many things to do, and he becomes uptight and struggles to get things done. He often ends up with poor results. If this person focuses on one task at a time, he is more organized and does a better job.

Split POP Type or The Focused POP Type It Doesn’t Matter

It doesn’t matter if you are the Split POP type or the Focused POP type. I had a website design firm with a partner. I was the focused POP type, and he was the Split POP type. I let him work the way he wanted, and I worked the way I wanted. It’s essential to become aware of your Personal Operating Peak and start to organize your work that way.

Focused POP

If you fall into the Focused POP group, adjust your workload to do one task at a time. Complete it all, or as much as possible, before moving on to the next task. That’s it. You’ll find a difference in your performance. If you can’t work on only one job at a time, you can simply split your duties into smaller tasks that allow you to finish one thing at a time.

For example, if your job is to design a website, you can split it into small tasks:

1. Identify a suitable design

2. Create a layout

3. Create the color scheme

4. Create the graphics

5. Create the Content

This website you’re working on is now be split into five functions that you can complete, one step at a time.

If you need to be working on other things, you can because you can complete the steps before moving on to the next task.

Split Personal Operating Peak

If you fall into the Split Personal Operating Peak category, then you should have your tasks prepared ahead of time and be working on many tasks at once. While you’re working and you find yourself starting to get bored, then simply switch to another job that you have.

Once you’re tired of that task and then go back to the first one or a new one. It merely means that you keep things fresh and moving. One concern worth mentioning here: jumping from one thing to the next is okay, but it’s not okay to keep those tasks unfinished.

Once you identify your Personal Operating Peak, you’ll adjust the way you work, get more done, do a better job, and be happier working.

That’s The Way I See It!
Acey Gaspard

Action Steps to Help You Optimize your Peak Operating Performance

1. Take Notice of the way your best. Do you work better with one task at a time or many jobs at once?

2. Adjust your workload to accommodate your peak performance.


  • Understanding Your Personal Operating Peak (POP) will Increase your work performance
  • Becoming aware of your POP is all you need to change the way you work.
  • It doesn’t matter if you are the Split POP type or the Focused POP type; the vital part is adjuting your work to match your POP type.