Getting personal with productivity

The New Zealand Productivity Commission’s recent report (September 2013) highlights a growing productivity gap between New Zealand and other countries in the Organisation for Co-operation and Development (OECD).  Evidently, us Kiwis work 15% more hours per year than the OECD average, but despite these longer hours we produce 20% less economic activity per hour – an embarrassing double whammy!

While I sometimes wonder about the basis for OECD assessments and comparisons, there is always scope for improved productivity, both at the macro and micro or personal levels.  Admittedly, we need to get the macro stuff right first, otherwise our efforts at improving personal productivity might be akin to straightening the deck chairs on the Titanic, as the saying goes.  Nevertheless, personal productivity is also important if we manage projects and here is a quiz I’ve prepared that has a two-fold purpose:

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