You Don’t Need a Productivity Hack
You Need to Find Yourself and Find Your Meaning
I sat down to write a short article with productivity tools and advice because, well, it’s Monday.
And then I stopped…
The only people that need productivity tools and advice are people who are already productive and are looking to become more productive.
The reason that you find it difficult to be productive when you’re dealing with a difficult situation is the same reason that it’s always difficult to be productive: because you’re trying to get yourself to do something that your heart, and mind, don’t want to do.
Pretty simple, eh?
The only time people become very productive at doing something that they don’t want to do is when they have a lot to lose if they don’t perform. For example, slaves.
Our productivity, like everything we do, is informed by the heart. I’m not talking about “productivism” — the insatiable desire to produce more and more. That also comes from the heart, but it’s a different problem.
I’m just talking about the normal need we all have to do good work and get things done, and the reason that we sometimes find that difficult. If that’s you, try this:
Ask yourself where you are.
If you’re suffering, struggling, or sad — take a break. If you’re worried about being productive, you’ll be far more productive if you stop ignoring the way that you feel. Address this first, or at least start to. Meditate, pray, journal, call a friend, or just scream.
Discover the meaning of your work.
Once you’ve stopped ignoring the reality of the way that you feel, you can address what’s left: your mind-numbing disinterest. If this is you, look for a new angle. Do you write emails all day? Write them in such a way that you’ll improve the recipient’s day or change the company’s culture. Do you make widgets? Set yourself a goal to work like these people.
That’s day 7. I hope you’re safe and well.
P.S. I don’t think you need to be productive. I don’t think anyone needs to be productive — especially when experiencing a difficult situation.
P.P.S. The reality is that I do enjoy productivity hacks. Leave a comment if you’d like that article.