The Paradox of Productivity

Autumn is “fresh start” time for me – it goes back to my school days. Perhaps it’s the same for you? Work is busy, but I long to do something new and creative. The question is, what?

When I read this in an email from Jeff, describing how he “unplugged” from technology and did various things around the house and with his family on Labour Day, it got me thinking. One of my personal challenges is to stop over-thinking things (the paralysis of analysis) and to start (or focus) on doing the right things. I’m going to think about this; while I do, may I suggest that you read this helpful excerpt…


The paradox of productivity (written by Jeff Goins)

Being productive isn’t about doing a lot of things. It’s about doing the right things. But sometimes, we’re too busy to know what those things are.

So what do we need to do? Three things:

Stop doing what you normally do. If you’re addicted to activity, then your instincts might fail you. Sometimes, you need to go slower than what feels “normal.”

Focus on a few things that matter. When you let go of busy work, all kinds of opportunities for spending your time in new and different ways will open up. Don’t worry about accomplishing a lot; just pay attention to whatever is in front of you.

Finish what you start. Don’t move on to the next task until you’ve finished the last one. If this means, you only do one thing in a day, so be it.

And if you need any help learning to take the scenic route in life, may I suggest you check out Jeff Goins’ new book, The In-Between? It’s 40% off on Amazon and has over 90 4- and 5-star reviews. Here’s to getting more done by doing less, Jeff

Have an enjoyable and properly productive autumn, everyone!


About verawrites

Progress not perfection - that's my goal. Live and learn - that's my motto. I like to share bits of wisdom and glimmers of insight gleaned on my life journey of 50+ years. My hope is to encourage, perhaps inspire, fellow journeyers. Each of us has something to share. Let's be generous, gracious and compassionate with one another. I am blessed to be a blessing... so are you!
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1 Response to The Paradox of Productivity

  1. hhh4u says:

    This is such great advice!


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