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Productivity guilt, how to enter flow & Clubhouse

Productivity guilt, how to enter flow & Clubhouse
By Tom Littler - Notion & myKanban • Issue #32 • View online
Welcome to the 227 new productivity people who’ve joined since last Sunday. We’re now a smart & curious group of 1831!

Productivity Guilt & How To Stop It
This week I published an article on something I’ve been struggling with for the last few years. Productivity guilt.
Productivity guilt is when you start identifying your self-worth as your to-do list. It’s when optimise for productivity for the sake of everything else.
You get onto the ‘productivity hamster wheel’ where every day is just a challenge to me more productive than the last. And if your day isn’t productive – you beat yourself up about it.
It’s not a healthy way to live. I’ve discovered there’s more to life than productivity. A rich life requires balance, love and so much more.
If you are suffering from productivity guilt you might enjoy this article, I share a few techniques I’ve used to overcome it – but it’s an ongoing battle!
Unless you’ve been under a rock for the last few weeks you’ve probably been made aware of the meteoric rise of Clubhouse.
The audio-only social app promises to revolutionise how we consume content. If that sounds a bit jargony, you can basically view it as live podcasting, with a bit of exclusivity.
I’ve been pretty anti-clubhouse. I saw it as a high noise, low signal medium of consuming content. There is a reason podcasts are heavily edited, it makes for a more efficient and enjoyable listening experience, and really I only listen to podcasts when I can’t find a book on the topic, which are 100x more refined and edited than a podcast.
However, after listening in on a couple of conversations over the week I am beginning to see some of the advantages. The raw format of Clubhouse really gives a great insight into how those you listen to think, there are also some cool community aspects to it as well, such as live chat.
3 Steps To Getting Into Flow
Anyone familiar with this newsletter will know I’m all about chasing flow states. The reason - flow states are some mythical shit.
Flow is that incredible feeling when you are working at the absolute limits of your capacity. When in flow, you are completely absorbed in what you are doing. Nothing else matters. Here are some tactics I’ve been using to regularly enter flow states.
  1. It’s all about using triggers to prime yourself for flow. Before every race, Usain Bolt has some chicken nuggets. Usually, he’ll shake someone’s hand. You’re not Usain bolt. But you can use triggers in just the same way I find it helps to attack from 3 angles
  2. Audio trigger. For me, this is the most powerful trigger. I only associate techno music with deep work now. Techno music = I’m ready to enter flow. Before starting any involved piece of work I really want to focus on I bang on my favorite boiler room mix and crank it to 11.
  3. Taste trigger. Weird one for some. How can you sustainably use taste as a trigger for flow? Easy. Chewing gum. Only chew gum when you are wanting to enter flow. Do this long enough and you will associate the spearmint with deep work. Such a life hack.
  4. Kinetic trigger. I like to use a particular movement to tell myself I’m entering flow. This is opening up my phone and setting a timer on Forest. This behavioral pattern is the last of the sequence. I’m now ready to fuck up some shit.
This Week on Youtube
The Ultimate  Morning Routine  in Notion
The Ultimate Morning Routine in Notion
What I'm Reading
When you want to hurry something, that means you no longer care about it and want to get on to other things. I just want to get at it slowly, but carefully and thoroughly, with the same attitude I remember was present just before I found that sheared pin. It was that attitude that found it, nothing else.
As a keen motorcyclist, I’ve been really enjoying this book. It’s kind of an anti self-help self-help book.
Pirsig shows us the power of zen without being preachy – very hard to do.
Our very talented creative director, Ant, has been busy putting together these lovely technical drawings of the product. We think they do a great job in explaining how myKanban works!
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Tom Littler - Notion & myKanban

Hey, I'm Tom, a product manager and startup founder living in London.

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