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We do it because it's the most visible form of productivity.
It is a way to prove to others that you are doing stuff and checking things off the list.
Hard work is necessary in order to be productive, but there is such a thing as too much of a good thing.
At some point, you start to be negatively productive.
It means scheduling your time according to your natural rhythms:
One reason we work too hard is that we are using that hard work to make up for a lack of courage.
Example: Instead of firing the team member who is dragging down the project, we work harder to make up for them. Firing them takes courage.
Acquire new skills that will help you get more things done in less time.
You can use the Pomodoro Technique get into the state of flow: work for 25 minutes on a single task and then take a short break of 5 minutes. If you get in the habit of performing Deep Work in the morning, even for just half an hour, your work will rapidly compound over time. Focus on performing Deep Work, meaning you get to work free of distraction for a long time.
Systems are the best way to progress since they reward effort and we control all the variables. However, we need to have a sense of direction in those efforts, to know what we are trying to accomplish.
Writing daily with no objective is just practice. If you want to achieve something, you need to commit to a certain output, like publishing a post on your blog weekly. At the end of the day, a system is a way to control how to achieve an output.
Your poor time-management/prioritization skills are setting you back. You hate routines because you feel they take away your freedom, but then you never have time to do what you love.
Solution: Learn to work smarter with the Pomodoro technique and the Eisenhower's Matrix.
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