Our world has gone crazy
about Productivity. There are thousands
of to-do apps in app stores and everyone wanna be as much productive as possible. I bet you know what I am talking exactly. The roots of this issue can be found in protestant work ethics
We misinterpret and simplify productivity
: we think it is measured by how much do you produce
or how busy
you are with several projects in parallel.
Also, people resort to being busy when they lack clarity and purpose of their work (you can read about this effect in a great book called "Essentialism"
Historically, a studying of productivity was bounded to factories producing physical goods. This analogy is very tempting. But we are knowledge workers
and not factory workers. We do not produce the same way as factories does, though on a high level the work flow can be managed in a similar way. Our motivation is different from other types of work
At Metadevelopment, we prefer a definition of productivity given in Trello productivity guide
: "making sure you're getting the right things done, in the right timeframe, in a successful and effective way
This definition incorporates priorities, efficiency and timeliness of your projects.
Here is the crux: optimizing for productivity can be harmful! Here is a good example of an over-productive system
. And here is a good explanation of how boredom can make you more creative