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A Mental Model For Productivity

The plane, pilot, engineer analogy - these are the roles we play in a day:

  • On pilot mode (10-15% of our time): This represents the time of the day the when we have clarity and we decide where we want to go. The pilot sets the course/ the direction of the plane.
  • On plane mode (80%of our time): This is us most of the time, executing instruction from the pilot mode. The plane follows the course and directions from the pilot, without deviation.
  • On engineer mode (5-10% of our time): This is the time we take to consider the use of principles, tools and methods to keep everything efficient. The engineer makes sure the engine is efficient (using the right amount of energy) and keeps the entire system organized;

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It's very important to make our productive tasks enjoyable.

  • Back in the Industrial Revolution context, productivity was translated into the amount of production per factory or per worker for a given day.
  • These days the discussion revolves more about personal productivity and it relates to how much w...

Productivity = Useful Output/Time x Fun Factor

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