No system can fix fundamental problems in your life. What they can do is help you make time in your life for real personal growth and help you highlight the sources of those problems, by simplifying parts of your life.
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Building a habit of a productivity system is about creating a buffer between you and your temporary emotions or external pressures.
Any system is designed using a particular set of assumptions about your work. The assumptions need to fit your situation.
For instance, the weekly/daily goals system works well when you have a number of concrete tasks to complete. But if your tasks are open-ended or contain only one task, then the system doesn't fit the task.
Productivity is a tricky balance. On the one hand, if you treat yourself like a slave, flagellating yourself, locking yourself into a quiet room and not allowing yourself to have any fun, ever, then you’re going to get burnt out and things will slowly come apart.
On the other hand if your are too relaxed, giving yourself free time whenever you want, not holding accountable to schedules and commitments, then you wouldn't get anything done
There’s nothing wrong with learning new systems of efficiency. But at the end of the day, productivity is a very personal thing. What works for me—or Jeff Bezos, for that matter—probably won’t work for you. And even if it does, it will probably change one day.
The goal is to uncover your own personal psychology on what makes you more productive.
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