In case you were wondering, this comic is totally about (the old) me.
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been caught in a YouTube wormhole. Sucked into an endless array of productivity hacks, gear guides, and methods for taking back your time. The obvious irony is that an obsession for these things actually steals your time, money, attention, and heart.
I’m a tech head. It’s quite easy for people like me to get sucked into this world. Mainly because so many of the things it produces are genuinely helpful. I use external monitors, note taking apps, and I highly recommend this playlist for reading! There is a strange satisfaction that comes from using the right combination of tools to get things done. It’s part of the joy of craftsmanship.
But the danger with any hobby, interest, passion, or career, is accidentally loving it for its own sake. This is why Apple/Android fanboys exist. This is why the fitness tracker you were so excited about got left on your desk drawer after 3 months. This is why you can rejoice that you downloaded a new productivity app on your smartphone and see no subsequent change to your habits. Relegating our free will to tools that we hope will change our habits will not work in the long run.
So how can you actually be more productive? It doesn’t start by getting new gear or simply changing little behaviors. Recently, I’ve been really slowing down and (re)learning some important things.
- Why do I want to be productive?
- What are my real Priorities?
- Where have I taken on things that don’t coincide with my Why or my Priorities? (Even if they’re “good” things)
- Dispose of the extraneous and refocus on what needs to be done. (Say “No” to things, cut the fat)
- Invest your time, talent, and treasure into your refocused priorities.
- Make sure you rest along the way. Seriously. You’ll get there faster and enjoy the ride.
Taking time to unplug, pray, and really ask myself these questions have done more to improve my productivity than any app or product. And it reminds me why I want to be productive in the first place.
Moving forward from here is just figuring out what methods will help you get there. Personally, I like the bullet journal method (it has increased by productivity by 500%). But again, methodology and gear aren’t worth much if you haven’t figured out your mission.
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