The Building Blocks of Productivity

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2023-03-06 - The Building Blocks of Productivity

Book cover of "The Building Blocks of Productivity"




(highlight:: What are the set of values that all productivity management systems seem to share?
People, in their natural state, cannot hold everything expected of them in our heads. If we try, we will either forget tasks and we will be distracted by the stress of other tasks while we are trying to focus on one behavior. We need some way to offload that into a system that we trust, a form of cognitive offloading.
People cannot multitask. At best, we can perform quick task switching, and this will impede our performance. We need to optimize our days such that we can dedicate our time to one task at a time to be most effective.
We are often asked to do far more than we can acheive at one time. To be effective, we need a system that can help clarify our goals.
We cannot hold the whole of many problems in our head at the same time, so we need a structured way to break problems down.
Humans are all bad at focusing. Many of us can use a way to help us trick ourselves into that kind of focus.)
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(highlight:: The building blocks I have identified are:
Time management - How do I organize my day?
Activity management - What are the right things to work on?
Capacity management - How many things can I plan at once?
Project management - How do I break down my tasks into manageable sizes?
Task management - How do I focus on an individual task, and what do I do with them?
Energy management: How do I use my most productive time for the valuable things, and how do I make sure I don’t overextend myself?
Knowledge management: How do I organize what I’ve learned so that I don’t lose time to trying to search for it in complex projects?
Habit management -how do I stay on track with the habits I want to adopt or have adopted?
Vision/goal management - what is my north star? What am I working toward and how do I get there?)
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