What's the Point of PRODUCTIVITY Anyway?Jun 13, 2021
I've been asked many questions over the course of my ten-plus years of being in the productivity space.
But my favorite question has to be:
What does productivity mean to me?
Understand that many people want to know tips, hacks, strategies, or whatever you want to call them to BE more productive.
So they can get more done.
I get it.
But I think it's important to dive deeper.
I would argue that if you don't know WHY you want to be more productive, what's the point?
If I teach you how to get more done with your day...so what?
You'll feel good for a little while because you got more done.
But then what?
For me, productivity is all about freedom.
Let me give you an example.
If I practice what I preach, if I tell my time where to go instead of wondering where it went, then I can be sure I'm 1) doing what needs to be done, 2) not overextending myself, 3) ensuring that I'm working on what really needs to be done (as opposed to what would be nice to do), 4) allocating time to do things other than work (as in have time to work on a side hustle or to read or relax).
Everyone has the same 24 hours every day.
When's the last time you stopped to think about your spend your time?
I mean to take the time to track everything you do every day.
When you do this, you'll see where your time is really going.
Do you feel like a hamster on a wheel? Are you working really hard and moving fast but are not going anywhere?
Are you a people pleaser? Are you constantly saying yes to every request and, as a result, not getting what you need/want to do done?
Getting clear on what PRODUCTIVITY means to you will greatly improve your productivity.
I suggest that you grab a notebook, a few things to write with, a glass of water, and go someplace quiet (leaving your devices behind) and answer the question: what does productivity mean to me?
As you do this exercise, let go of any limitation: your own, those of your friends, relatives, or the world. Instead, write what you want to.
Once you discover your why, everything will begin to fall into place.
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