“i’m so much better when i have a routine.” “i need to run.”
these are confessions guys make on dates that lead me to believe they do not, in fact, have their proverbial shit together. if you’re more effective on a schedule, then make one! if running keeps you healthy, run! although i’d really recommend yoga instead…
as it turns out, i’m very focused and good at setting goals for myself, not in an obsessive way (i don’t think), but enough to pull off some cool things. and my patience for the scatterbrained and undisciplined diminishes with age.
despite my tendency for effectiveness, i’ve come to despise the word “productivity” over the years. there are so many productivity tips, secrets, products, apps, sites, books. it’s like how in 2008 everything became about being “green.”
so i shouldn’t have even clicked on this article, 7 daily mantras to boost your productivity by faisal hoque since i get things done and my despised word was included. but I couldn’t resist, since 7 is a manageable quantity and “mantra” implies short, handy phrases.
yet click i did and i’m really grateful for doing so. you should read it in full but here are some main takeaways:
“predictability helps to release abilities”
“mastery comes from enthusiastic and repeated, devoted practice”
“sustainable daily productivity comes from structure”
you know that myth about the burst of creative inspiration famous folks experience? it is precisely that-fiction. and furthermore, the myth is even longer, because the first half of the story, which no one ever mentions, is how the creative type had been consistently chipping away at his/her craft for months or years until, during a break and with a clear mind, a solution appeared.