Understanding And Using Your Personal Operating Peak (POP)

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Understanding And Using Your Personal Operating Peak Do Easily Get Things Done

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. Simply 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 doing things. Read below to see which category you fall into.

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 constantly switching between tasks.

Focused POP

This person needs to focus on one task at a time, and once he completes the current task, 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 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 important is that you become aware of your Personal Operating Peak and start to organize your work that way.

If you fall into the Focused POP group, then 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 huge difference in your performance. If for any reason you can’t work on only one job at a time, then you can simply split your jobs into smaller tasks that allow you to finish one job at a time.

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

1. Identify target market – So you can create a suitable design

2. Create layout

3. Create color scheme

4. Gather graphics

This huge task that you’re working on, can now be split into many tasks that you can complete, one step at a time.

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

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 task that you have.

Once you’re tired of that task and then go back to the first one or a new one. It simply means that you keep things fresh and moving. One concern is 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 be able to 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
A Touch of Business.com

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 tasks at once?

2. Adjust your workload to accommodate your peak performance.

Important Points to Keep In About Peak Operating Performance
  • Understanding Your Personal Operating Peak (POP) Will Dramatically Increase Your Work Performance
  • Simply becoming aware of it is all you need to change the way you work and dramatically improve your performance
  • It doesn’t matter if you are the Split POP type or the Focused POP type. What does matter is you know the category you fall into, so that you can adjust your workload