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Productivity — A Tool, Not the End Point

Productivity is big business these days.

Morning routines.

Task batching.

80/20 and the Vital Few.

Tactics to deal with email overwhelm.

The list goes on. Words and phrases that were not part of our vocabulary just a few short years ago are now used daily.

We’re all searching for the secret sauce, the next hack that will make us ever more efficient.

But productivity is just a Tool. It’s not an end in itself.

We use it to try to get some of our time back so we can spend that time on projects and people that are important to us. We use it to get things done on time. We use it to take the stress out of our days.

How Efficient Do We Really Need to be?
Productivity itself should be something that relieves some of our stressors, not adds to them. Fretting that we’re not using the right combination of hacks to be at our productive best can add a weight of unnecessary expectation. Feeling that we’re never quite as efficient as out projected selves would be, causes its own sense of frustration.

But how efficient do we really need to be? How much is enough?

There are a multitude of tools and tactics that can help us but we can personalise them. They can be simple. They don’t all need a fancy or exotic name. They don’t require we fill our heads or bookshelves with the words of every productivity ‘guru’ out there.

Our personal productivity ‘system’ could be as simple as just committing to two major tasks each day. Working off on those in a focused way while keeping distractions to a minimum. It could involve batching repeat tasks such as email/calls/meetings to certain parts of the day only (i.e. no meetings before 10am). It could involve using positive constraints that help us stay focused, such as only checking email once or twice a day.

Many ways work. Pick a way that suits and commit to making it the best it can be for you. Combine these with other tactics that appeal and formulate processes that fit you. Refine it until you have something that works as well as it needs to for you personally. Simple, not necessarily easy.

A Tool to Improve Life
Productivity should make our lives better. It should make our lives a little easier, so we sweat the small stuff less. It’s there to help us focus on the important things. It’s there to make sure we have time for the things and people that matter most to us.

Productivity is just a tool, use it accordingly.

Carl is the proud owner of Frictionless Living which is focused on helping readers live a simpler and more personally satisfying life. He is the author of several books including A Short Guide to Living Well, Need Less, Live More and 22 Ways to Simpler Living.

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