Productivity: Could the Problem Be That We Are Too Productive?

August 6, 2013 — Leave a comment

I don’t think that we have a productivity problem, not in terms of a deficiency at least. If anything, we might have a problem with being addicted to productivity.

At the time of this writing, if you were to “Google” the word productivity, you would be greeted with over 180,000,000 results. Needless to say, that’s a lot. Many of those results are not simple, stand alone articles on the topic, but they are part of web sites that are strongly or completely dedicated to the theme of productivity.

Why Are We Obsessed With Productivity?

One could argue that this site is also focused on helping people be more productive, but I would say it is more about efficiency and focus. Get what you need to get done more quickly, so you can end your day and get on with your life. I like the sound of that. That’s going to be the refined focus of this site starting today.

If you are someone who is looking to be more productive, I’d guess that you are already more productive than your peers. Who else would have the desire to do more? Shouldn’t we want to do less?

You have many precious gifts: your life, your family, your friends, and your passions. Why do you want to spend more time focused on what you have to do in order to earn money just to stay alive and fund your enjoyable activities? If you don’t stop, you won’t have your health and you won’t have time for those enjoyable activities anyway.

We already work too much and are now faced with too many distractions with all of the technology advances over the last five years or so. So stop it already!

Unclench your fists, relax your shoulders, walk away from the computer or set that mobile device down and go be a human being. Do it intentionally.

Don’t know what to do?

  • Go for a walk.
  • Read a book that isn’t a self-help book or one that focused on teaching you a new skill or helping you become better at something you already know how to do. Why can’t you read for fun, not for improvement?
  • Go talk to someone, it can be a family member, friend, or even a stranger.
  • Start a new hobby. One that you can enjoy without distraction.
  • Anything other than focusing on productivity. Preferably away from digital distraction devices.

Do something unproductive and I bet that after a while, you’ll see that you enjoy more in the areas of your life that you haven’t focused on in quite some time. You’ll be more focused and efficient in your career and work tasks and spend less of your life committed to them, which is more important than doing more.

What are your thoughts? Please let me know by leaving a comment.

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