Many Whats and Hows vs One WHY of Productivity.


If you are searching ways to manage your time more effectively and become more productive, then chances are you have read and tried many approaches and instructions, while still failing in it.  You had clear instructions what to do, you were told how to do and you did all that, but all those dos and don’ts did not become the habit.

Well you see many of the to do list and task management solutions out there instruct you WHAT to do.  Thinks like list the tasks, then tick the box if it is completed, or set a reminder, sort them as projects, put tags on them and etc. But very few of those solutions have methodology behind to tell you HOW exactly to approach those WHAT TO DOs.  And none of them, or at least the ones I know teach you WHY you should do, WHAT and HOW it instructs you to do.

And I think this is the main reason why you fail to become productive with those methods in a long run.

This is how #notgettingthings done approach is different.  In this blog, I will show you WHAT to do to increase your productivity, HOW to do it correctly and most importantly I will do it from the perspective of WHY.

Let me give you an example of what I mean.

When I started this blog, about couple of weeks ago, I started it with an intention to share with you my own experience of increasing productivity.  I called the blog, Not Getting Things Done and that is the core idea behind the methodology I want to propose.  I chose this name because when I googled the topic of productivity, I came across all those different apps and approaches, all with one core idea in it’s centre – to get things done.  To tick off your task.  To check to do lists complete.  And I knew that there was the core difference in what I had discovered for myself.

While it is absolutely logical that productivity is about achieving more, but it is so only on intellectual level.  But not on an intelligence level. 

Before I go on, let me remind you that there is a big difference in intellect and intelligence.  First one is the a form of accumulated knowledge, while the later is the ability to put that knowledge to use.   To be able to read between the lines of intellect (knowledge) lies the wisdom and power of your mind.  You see, in modern era computer scientists are working to achieve Artificial Intelligence not Intellect. Wikipedia is intellect, all those photos google search is intellect, all those books that are digitised is intellect, but without intelligence there is no use in it.  As I write this, Google’s DeepMind has defeated the world champion in an ancient game of GO.  It did not have any intellect, all it needed was intelligence.

You, as human being interested in being more productive, have both, intellect and intelligence. Everything that you know in life, every book you have read, every experience you have had has contributing to you as an intellectual. But you may quote all the authors you want and impress others with your encyclopedic knowledge, you are not going to invent anything new.  It the intelligence of your mind that is going to do the breakthrough.

And so is the case with the desire to be more productive. While your intellect tells you that the goal of being productive is to do more things in life, if you truly consider this base idea, you might discover that the desire to do more things is counterproductive.  And the source of that discovery is going to be your intelligence.  Because wanting to do more and actually doing more is as different as menu and the food.

So, let me go back to my story.  As I was saying I started this blog with the idea to share my experience.  And to put it in shortest form, my idea of increasing productivity has to do with having you mind clear.  I know it works for me, and I know it is going to work for you as well, and this blog is all about explaining why is clear mind so important. But also in the process I have discovered that there is a book, and methodology called GettingThingsDone or GDT, by David Allen. And authors defines it as The Art of Stress-Free Productivity.  So I started reading this book, actually I’m only couple of chapters into it.  I am fascinated by it, because author teaches how important it is to have your mind clear. And I agree to everything he says. But there is one huge difference between what he teaches and what I am going to propose. Among many other things author stresses that it is important to have your mind clear to increase your productivity. But I think that it is even more important to have your mind clear from the idea of increasing productivity at all.  And in this blog I am going to explain WHY is it so important, HOW one can let go, and WHAT to do to let go of the desire to get more things done.

So, read on.

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