Things I learned about productivity today | #DailyBlink37

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Read till the end, the following points have helped me gain a new perspective towards productivity which I never thought that deeply.

  1. Compound growth gets discussed as a financial concept, but it works in careers as well, and it is magic. A small productivity gain, compounded over 50 years, is worth a lot. So it’s worth figuring out how to optimize productivity. If you get 10% more done and 1% better every day compared to someone else, the compounded difference is massive.
  2. It doesn’t matter how fast you move if it’s in a worthless direction. Picking the right thing to work on is the most important element of productivity and usually almost ignored. So think about it more! Independent thought is hard but it’s something you can get better at with practice.
  3. Remember that everyone is most productive when they’re doing what they like, and do what you’d want other people to do for you — try to figure out who likes (and is good at) doing what, and delegate that way.
  4. You have to both pick the right problem and do the work. There aren’t many shortcuts. If you’re going to do something really important, you are very likely going to work both smart and hard. The biggest prizes are heavily competed for.
  5. It’s important to learn that you can learn anything you want and that you can get better quickly. This feels like an unlikely miracle the first few times it happens, but eventually, you learn to trust that you can do it.
  6. Don’t fall into the trap of productivity porn — chasing productivity for its own sake isn’t helpful. Many people spend too much time thinking about how to perfectly optimize their system, and not nearly enough asking if they’re working on the right problems. It doesn’t matter what system you use or if you squeeze out every second if you’re working on the wrong thing.
  7. The right goal is to allocate your year optimally, not your day. [that’s a biggie 💡]
  8. Doing great work usually requires colleagues of some sort. Try to be around smart, productive, happy, and positive people that don’t belittle your ambitions. Being around people who push you and inspire you to be better. To the degree you able to, avoid the opposite kind of people — the cost of letting them take up your mental cycles is horrific.
  9. Don’t neglect your family and friends for the sake of productivity — that’s a very stupid tradeoff (and very likely a net productivity loss, because you’ll be less happy). Don’t neglect doing things you love or that clear your head either.
  10. Finally, to repeat one more time: productivity in the wrong direction isn’t worth anything at all. Think more about what to work on.

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Read Sam Altman’s full article on productivity. Twitter.

Was fortunate to find a beautiful excerpt from the book succeeding by John Reed:

When you first start to study a field, it seems like you have to memorize a zillion things. You don’t. What you need is to identify the core principles — generally three to twelve of them — that govern the field. The million things you thought you had to memorize are simply various combinations of the core principles.

Hence you need to memorize a zillion, instead, learn the core principles and get better at it by applying them.

or you can read this big boooook on mental models. here

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Riten Debnath

Tech • Design • Stories | Building FuelerHQ. Writing drafts on everyday learnings from building a startup in India.