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A system shapes your existing motivations. It cannot give you motivation.
Many failures of productivity are a deeper problem of meaning and mission in life. People that tend to succeed with productivity systems already have meaning.
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Your productivity system should counterbalance your worst tendencies.
When you're evaluating a productivity system, the right measurement to make is to find out if you're getting more done than you did last week/month/year.
Don't compare yourself against a theoretical possibility. Instead, compare yourself against your own past results.
A good productivity system should be productive, not just feel productive. A good productivity system that is working effectively should not feel like anything. It should just be holding up your routine.
There are only three different kinds of systems:
Every system will create situations where it no longer makes sense to follow its guidelines. Then one should find a way of handling the exceptions without losing track of the original system.
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 ta...
The idea of a productivity system is to organize the stuff you need to do.
There are many systems out there. But you may have no idea which system to pick. You may start well, but the system you've chosen may begin to choke you because it doesn't fit quite right. Eventuall...
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Many productivity books provide various systems to organize your life but fail to take into account people who are not focused or motivated in the first place.
Lack of focus and motivation is the key reason people fail to get any help from these methods.
Systems organize your behavior and decisions with formal rules. They are often built off of concepts of scientific management and organizational theory, but it is applied to your personal life.
A productivity system is one type of system that is aimed at helping you get work done ...
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