If you've read any entrepreneurship blogs or business magazines or lifehacking manifestos over the past few years you are aware of the cult of productivity.
You've probably tried some of the productivity hacks, downloaded those productivity apps, and clicked on plenty of clickbait-y articles with the latest productivity secrets. I definitely have.
If you believe what you read, we can all be uber productive superhumans if we just download the right task management app and learn how to manage our inbox.
It can all feel a little over the top.
My problem with the majority of the productivity advice out there is that it treats productivity like something outside of yourself. The implications being that IF you only had THIS tool, THEN you too could achieve productivity nirvana.
The earnest hackers talk as if productivity is simply a nail and their latest app or method is the first real hammer to come along.
It's not surprising. We're all attracted to short cuts. They're alluring.
Why only earn 8% on my money when, oh, what was that you say? You have a way to get me 20%?
I do not believe that "productivity" is some hidden force waiting patiently to be discovered or activated. Rather - I believe that productivity is a mindset and a practice that takes deliberate cultivation.
Like any mindset or practice - be it zen buddhism, patience, humility, or archery - it takes a long time to become consistent and proficient at being productive.
This week I will attempt to define productivity and why it's important, and then break down the core principles, methods, and tools that help me be more productive.
Coming tomorrow: What is productivity and why is it important?