Understanding and Using Your Personal Operating Peak (POP)

June 9, 2018 357 views

Using Your Personal Operating Peak

Personal Operating Peak (POP) is a term I use 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 or Focused POP 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.

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