A few weeks ago
, I talked about the idea of ‘high measure’ when it came to purchasing decisions, but I’ve recently been applying this logic to productivity as well.
There is so much productivity, study and self help advice out there that it’s impossible to follow it all. Should you meditate everyday, or should you schedule, go for a run, cook healthy meals or start a journal instead? No one has time to do all of these things, and every guru out there seems to think that their productivity tip is the panacea to everyone’s problems.
As a result, it’s important for us to pick and choose which systems we wish to apply to our own lives. If we try to pick too many, we run the risk of overcomplicating our lives and failing to follow through. If we don’t pick enough, we might overcomplicate our lives by not systemising important tasks.
Whenever I am presented with a new piece of productivity advice, I ask myself the following questions:
- How easy is it to do? What time commitment do I really need to do it?
- Does the idea of doing it sound fun to me?
- How beneficial does it sound?
- Do these benefits improve all aspects of my life, or just one or two?
After I’ve worked through these questions, I realise that some productivity advice is undoubtedly high measure (aka extremely useful) and others are more low measure (aka serving a niche purpose).
An example of high measure productivity I’ve been applying to my life has been the idea of scheduling everyday. It’s something I now look forward to, and it offers me structure during my days and encourages me to complete all of my other good habits (video coming out about scheduling this Monday!)
On the other hand, changing my notetaking technique is an example of low measure productivity. Although it is true that I may benefit from changing how I take notes, this application will only ever apply to when I am studying, and it won’t help me study more consistently or help me make more time for friends or practicing violin (like scheduling would).
Considering that I’m bombarded by possible things to try everyday, I find this idea of high and low measure productivity useful to sift through things that might appear helpful, but not the best use of my time.
The next time you see a piece of productivity advice, ask yourself the questions above and then think about whether you would like to apply it or not!