August 19, 2016

How To Be Productive

I like to read blogs on productivity and minimalism. These two words have caught my fancy since many months.

I came across a piece written by Charles Assisi. I've been reading him ever since he was the editor at Chip (India).

We all strive to achieve many things in life and still we always feel short of it. We create To Do Lists, create time table and yet we fail. Fail to do what we really want to do.

Our lives are so jam-packed that we fail to recognize how time flies. We fail to make use of all the time we have at our disposal in an optimum way.

Charles finds the answers to the above questions from an online course on productivity by Farnam Street Blog. Shane Parish, who conducts the course asks a few questions: "Why do you want to be more productive? What is your intent? What do you want to do with more time?"


And the answer to above questions as per Parish is: We fail because we don't know what to do with the extra time.

Also there's the Parkinson's law which states: Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion.

So what's the solution to be more productive?
  1. Read a lot
  2. Learn a lot
  3. Schedule ruthlessly
  4. Practice Getting Things Done (GTD)
Read the article in detail over here.