Trust Your Productivity System, or Don’t Have One At All

Trust Your Productivity System, or Don’t Have One At All

The mind is for having ideas, not holding them.

David Allen

There is much information on productivity systems that tackle the pains that impede productivity: control your day with Getting Things Done, work with time instead of against time with The Pomodoro Technique, tackle e-mail overload with Inbox Zero, and blogs with dedicated productivity sections like LifeHacker’s GTD section. Information about productivity-improving tools is everywhere and very easy to find.

However many systems you decide to try, you won’t become any more productive than you already are if you don’t trust your productivity system; you might as well have no system at all than put in the energy to add a system you don’t trust to use.

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Eradicate Distractions (Or At Least Reduce Its Power)

Eradicate Distractions (Or At Least Reduce Its Power)

No matter what plans you make, and what tools you have, something will invariably happen that will try to throw your entire day off into various abysses–non-productive action and procrastination are the main abysses into which I can usually fall. I usually call these things distractions as a whole, because they distract me from the present that I’m currently missing now. Please note, however, that I said these distractions try to throw your entire day off. Whether you give these distractions that power is absolutely up to you.

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