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On Productivity and the Deep Life

Distaste with the term "productivity"

The term "productivity" is often tied in with the distasteful Marxist idea of exploitation of labor.

However, when you recontextualize "productivity" to mean an autonomous personal endeavor, the meaning shifts from exploitation to empowerment.

Ultimately,  the importance is our desire to get things done.

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On Productivity and the Deep Life

On Productivity and the Deep Life

https://www.calnewport.com/blog/2020/04/01/on-productivity-and-the-deep-life/

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Productivity and a meaningful life

Productivity plays a role in creating a meaningful life.

  • Minimizing the shallow work: Many shallow tasks like filing forms or paying taxes cannot be avoided. However, by carefully organizing these tasks and executing them efficiently, you have more space for meaningful endeavors.
  • Amplifying the meaningful: The human desire to produce meaningful output is fundamental.

Distaste with the term "productivity"

The term "productivity" is often tied in with the distasteful Marxist idea of exploitation of labor.

However, when you recontextualize "productivity" to mean an autonomous personal endeavor, the meaning shifts from exploitation to empowerment.

Ultimately,  the importance is our desire to get things done.

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