The more I read about productivity, the less productive I become.
It seems that no matter how much I try to simplify my productivity system, I am constantly revisiting it. I do know that in the grand scheme of things it is not going to help me, but I enjoy it. I am a productivity hobbyist. And it’s killing my productivity.
Here are just some of the signs that you might be a productivity addict
- You spend copious amounts of time reading blogs about GTD implementations.
- You search for Microsoft Outlook GTD hacks.
- You get excited when someone mentions GTD in a blog post title.
- You own a moleskine notebook (and probably several for different lists).
- You spent money on a posh inbox.
- You miss your weekly review because you are still processing your inbox in to a million sub-folders.
- You think about your GTD implementation on a daily basis.
I know these signs, because I have done all of the above and more. Now I am trying to just take action. If you want to achieve you goals, you need to stop thinking and start doing.
What it means to be a Productivity Addict
Being a productivity addict means that you know when you are wasting time therefore you worry about it more. Before you discovered the productivity sub-culture you used to waste less time surfing the internet, and when you did you didn’t worry about it. Now you worry about it. You try and work out more ways to be more productive to overcome this and the cycle continues. The time to stop is now.
12 Steps to Overcome Productivity Addiction
- Admit you have a problem (leave a comment to share this).
- Do not talk about productivity (just be productive).
- Realised that there is only so much that you can tweak your system before you just go back to using pen and paper anyway.
- Next time you hear about a new productivity programme, DO NOT sign up to the beta.
- Admit the nature of your wrong doing (tell us about your addiction in the comments).
- Make a list of 3 things you must do today. Do not do anything else until you have done these.
- DO NOT talk about productivity club.
- Do absolutely nothing related to productivity at least one day per week, just go with the flow.
- Those things you keep moving from one context, list or file to another. Just do them now, or eliminate them. Stop organising them, and start doing them.
- Realise that being productive means doing the things that you need to do in a timely fashion. It does not mean doing more things.
- Consume only the information you need to do the single task you are concentrating on now. No more.
- Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, try to carry this message to productivity addicts and to practice these principles in all your affairs (modified from AA step 12)
Are you a Productivity Addict?
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