Notes from a Floating Life Thoughts about productivity, digital living, and leading a simpler life

Too Busy Organizing to Be Productive

That’s the headline of an article which, for me, sums up the absurd lengths some people go to when hacking their systems for productivity. While the article first saw the light of day in 2007, the article’s thrust is as true today as it was almost seven years ago.

This paragraph from the piece sums it all up for me:

But as the productivity-obsessed swap tips online and around the office about filing systems, checklists and time management, advice often moves from the practical to the arcane. And the glut of suggestions and systems can actually cause people to become less productive while trying to master a constant barrage of new methods.

Some of that might be a simple case of procrastination — it’s more fun to investigate tools and techniques than to do actual work. But if your goal is to be more productive, you need to stop twiddling and twerning and actually start doing the work.

Unless you do the work, all the productivity systems and all the apps and all the trappings won’t help you. They become a crutch instead of a tool to help you do your work and achieve your goals.

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