Productivity Tools Won’t Make You More Productive

productivity tools won't make you more productiveAs I David Seah wrestle with his productivity, I can’t help but empathize with him.

I’ve thought that if I could just find the **magical combination of workflow tools **, I could get more into a habit of being productive and be relaxed and happy. I know I tend toward impulsive behavior, so creating systems that encourage more paced activity (such as the time boxes in the Emergent Task Planner) have been on my mind lately. However, the realization that I tend toward **impulsive creativity** and that my sense of accomplishment has come from merely capturing the output has given me pause.

There’s something  very important that us “productites” (aka people obsessed with productivity methods, ironically leading to less production) seem to forget: Productivity isn’t a tool. It’s a skillset developed over time.  Like David said, it’s definitely more than just capturing what you have to do.

It’s actually doing it.

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  • KK May 15, 2008, 12:55 pm

    I think you're missing the word 'see' in the first sentence.