There are thousands of productivity tips and tricks out there, each with varying levels of success and utility.
While these tips can help us shave a couple of minutes off of every hour and make certain processes easier, they often end up holding us up, tricking us into thinking our lives are more optimized than they really are, and betray the true meaning and philosophy behind productivity.
The best way to maximize personal productivity isn’t to invest your time in hundreds of tips and tricks, micro-optimizations and minor changes — it’s to completely overhaul the way you work.
That starts with employing some kind of philosophy to your work. Whether that means dividing your day time between work and personal time, or sectioning off time periods for uber-efficient and focused work, doesn’t matter.
What matters is that those changes produce some kind of measurable output. Invest in the mindset that gets you working hard and measure your output mercilessly. Discard the information that micro-changes can bring you and instead focus on the things that truly matter: behavior and setting.
For some, the best way to maximize personal productivity is by spending their work time in a setting that produces results for them.
For others, setting isn’t a problem, and a greater change to their work behavior and style is required. Whatever the case, these major changes are what introduce huge increases in productivity, not the tiny tips and tricks that only shave second off every minute and fool us into thinking we’re more productive than we really are.
Focus on those big optimizations, ignore the small stuff, and watch your work output massively increase.
There’s a sea of information out there, and the secrets to personal productivity don’t rest in embracing it; they rest in selectively ignoring it.