Why do you want to be productive?

Productivity is a means to an end.

Ideally to create a better life for ourselves.

It’s a tool, which means it can be used poorly (applied to the wrong situations) or used to improve our world.

It’s also a loaded word for a load of reasons. Maybe you loathe the idea of productivity because it makes you think of your job you dislike or your micromanaging boss. Or maybe you love productivity because it lets you do more things in a shorter amount of time.

I think it’s good to take a step back and ask yourself what do you want to be productive for?

Why do you want to be more productive? What’s the ideal here?

Doing what you need to do so you can spend more time with your kids?

Get smart about your time and what you spend it on so you can focus more on what matters to you—your dreams, friends, sports, NFTs, skills, family, etc.

There’s no wrong answer here as long as you are doing what you love and focusing on what’s meaningful to you.

One thing I’d caution you on is being more productive so you can do more.

More work, more tasks, more hobbies, more ideas, more money, more more more.

More isn’t bad on its own, but it has diminishing returns.

It’s super cool if you can do 15 morning habits before 9 AM, but I could argue that doing a handful and giving more time to each will be more impactful than adding another 5-minute habit to your repertoire.

What’s more impactful? Reading for 10 minutes, or reading for 30, 60, or 90 minutes? Practicing guitar for 5 minutes or for an hour?

Longer time creates deeper practices and makes us work on our ability to focus for long stretches.

Of course, five minutes is better than zero minutes. Don’t be hard on yourself if that’s all you have to give right now. So if that’s all the time you have to read or meditate or practice your art, then get in your daily five and work towards longer practices when you have the opportunity.

Remember, the goal is deeper practices, not more shallow practices.

STAY BOLD, Keep Pursuing— Josh Waggoner | Daily Blog #1645

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