The Quest for Personal Productivity
The never-ending quest for personal productivity has spawned countless apps on the Smartphone App stores, and many bestseller books.
Personal Productivity has branched out in the field of dating, hotel stays, parenting and even eating.
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'Inbox Zero' is a concept introduced by Merlin Mann, a way to handle your email by processing them to zero.
This is achieved by taking appropriate actions like filing, noting or replying, to all your emails, ensuring no unanswered emails remain to make you anxious, so you can live your life without checking email every few minutes.
While manual work can be sped up, good ideas do not emerge under pressure, as creative people find it difficult to do their best work under looming deadlines.
The people who implemented the 'Inbox Zero; method ended up getting more emails as they were replying to all their emails, with increased activity.
They also paradoxically started checking the inbox more often.
The anxiety levels increased by applying hyper-productivity.
The personal productivity craze got worse due to capitalism, as the essential needs of the population skyrocketed.
Self-help books and gurus cashed in on the productivity craze, as people were promised a sense of control and meaning in their lives.
Most people want more done during the course of the day, feeling productive if they have checked more boxes out of their to-do list. Time management has been a fad for a long time, equating productivity with the number of hours spent working.
The way we approach time management is proving to be a vicious circle of wasting time managing time, turning it into a problem rather than a solution towards productivity.
As workers, we are obsessed with getting stuff done. It is then clear why there seems to be a bottomless well full of advice, hacks, tools, tricks, and secrets to help us pack more into the waking hours.
According to IBISWorld research, productivity software alone accounts for an $82 billion market.
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