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“Productivity,” as it is said in modern day, is a trap. It's just a buzzword for living life in a particular way. Going along the path of life, but with a connotation that life will be jam-packed with actions, little time for reflections, and even less time for savoring the moment or having fun. True productivity is not about wringing out the sponge until there are no drops left. If I spend all my energy on doing things for the sake of doing things because I am supposed to, then I will have wasted my life.

Healthy productivity includes a little bit of goal-setting, a little bit of dreaming and a little bit of managing procrastination. It also takes a little bit of rest and a lot of balance.

Productivity is highly individualized. Take time to experiment and understand yourself. I must have good, solid, clear objectives in line with who I am as a person. I must protect my personal integrity and my values.

True productivity is simply the rate at which we move along life's path towards what we want. Since productivity is just moving along the path, there is no prescribed amount of work that is necessary. Measure progress above all else. If more progress can come from less work, so much the better! Everything in life “produces” something. Cause and effect. Productivity is the journey, so if I do not enjoy productivity, then I do not enjoy my life.

If the structure I give myself feels too awful, that means I'm not including enough of the things I find fun within it. Quantity and quality of breaks are both important. If I am frequently in emotional pain, I may need to give myself more breaks or higher-quality breaks, or both. Astronauts, for example, need exceptionally high-quality down time.

Principles of True Productivity:

  1. Eliminate repetition.
  2. Reset to neutral.
  3. Enjoy the ride and the process.
  4. Trust the process.
  5. Plan just enough, but not too much.
  6. Use mindfulness techniques when necessary.
  7. Strive for balance.
  8. Strive for a lack of pain.

Questions to Ask Yourself:

  1. What do I need to do?
  2. What do I need to do to accomplish these larger goals?
  3. What is the most relaxed way to get these goals done?

Set the night to neutral with an evening routine. In the morning, set the day to neutral with a good morning routine. These things help productivity.

Saying “no” to others, and even myself, is necessary in order to clear my schedule so I can accomplish what is most important to me.

The human mind is like a car. It can't keep running forever. A car needs to stop for gas. It needs routine maintenance and good tires and oil changes and repairs or replacement parts. I will keep my mind in good repair so I can calmly and safely continue down the road to be the person I want to be.