During the week, I was going through my old articles on mindful productivity and found a great piece of work from ‘Cal Newport’.
I had taken some notes on it which I am going to share with you in this retazo. Bytheve, if you are interested in exploring his work, he is the author of How to Become a Straight-A Student and How to Win at College.
The core of my argument is that productivity is overrated. The basic idea of productivity systems, like Getting Things Done, 80/20 Rule, productivity calenders, ToDo apps, Task app by Google etc.. etc is to reduce stress and help you keep track of your obligations. However, they do not make you accomplish anything. I would go so far as to say that act of accomplishing is almost entirely unrelated to being productive.
This means that the two don’t need to go together. Indeed, as a blogger and interested researcher, I’ve spent some time researching the subject. Various studies have emerged that unusually accomplished young people ( majority of them ) are disorganised. The minority that did have good productivity habits were undoubtedly less stressed. But it played little role in predicting their ultimate success
What Accomplished People Do Differently
From my experience, the most common trait you will consistently observe in accomplished people is an obsession with completion. Once a project falls into their lap and it is on their horizon, they crave, almost compulsively, to finish it. If they’re organised, this might happen in scheduled chunks and If they’re not “like many” this might happen in all-nighters. But they get it done. Fast and consistently.
It’s this constant stream of finishing that begins, over time, to unlock more and more interesting opportunities and eventually leads to their big scores.____ Joe
If you are productive without harbouring this intense desire for completion, you will end up just busy. We all know this feeling very well when we work all day off from our to-do list and yet, still, months pass with no important work/ projects getting accomplished. Certain things do depend on the kind and complexity of the work/ project undertaken but one thing shall always be constant: harbouring the intense desire for completion,
I personally use Todoist ( for my Work - Life Balance )
by Microsoft ( to keep me Focused on completion). I manage my work and obligations flow through these daily drivers in my life
. Do check out if they are fitting into your daily flow or in scheme of things??
Happy Finishing, Take Care
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