I’ve lost track of the number of articles I’ve read on productivity. There are hundreds of new ones published every single day across every platform you could name.
Everyone wants to solve the problem of productivity.
What no one seems to grasp is that there is one basic, fundamental, rock-bottom principle that governs productivity:
You achieve productivity by doing the work.
No app, no soundtrack, no calendar, no amount of reading or reading or researching, no video, no “simple trick”, no anything is going to change that fact.
In order to be productive, you just need to do the work in front of you.
I’ve struggled with productivity before. I’ve felt distracted or like I wasn’t getting enough done. I spent hours trying to figure out a way to “hack” my productivity.
In the end I found the only way my work got done was if I did it.
How I did my work was secondary. That I did it was primary.
Too many articles and videos about productivity focus on how to do the work.
Not too many people actually have a problem with knowing how to do the things they need to get done. And if they do, they can look it up on Google.
There’s a more fundamental problem, which is the apparent aversion people have to doing work in the first place.
Here’s the thing, you may not like the work you need to do. It may be more fun to try and find a productivity hack that makes you feel like you’re getting it done in a more enjoyable way. But it’s a lot faster to just do the work any old way you know how.
You’ll save the time you would spend looking for an app to help you do what you need to do. Instead of wasting these minutes, you can invest them in getting the job done. Then you can spend the time you saved doing something you actually enjoy doing.
Time off for fun stuff is the result of getting things done.
Not all work has to be fun.
By putting your head down and just doing the work, you’ll get more done faster and give yourself more time to have fun doing whatever you want.
I’m sorry if this isn’t as revelatory as you may have expected, but it’s something that needed to be said.
What do you think?