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Knowledge work and productivity are incompatible.

Focus Is The New Productivity

Focus is a state of attention which puts us in an intentional flow mode, making us live the knowledge we have inside, and create connections using deep thinking in a space and time devoid of distractions.

When one does not burn ‘cognitive calories’ and waste precious attention on tasks that have little or no value, and is not subscribing to an obsolete productivity model, then one can be ‘productive’ in the modern sense.

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  1. Avoid unnecessary meetings, as many meetings could be some form of excuse for the organizer to look busy and productive.
  2. Have clearly-defined productivity goals, instead of filling up calendars to have an illusion of productivity, while being busy just for the sake of it.
  3. Many repetitive tasks can be delegated, automated or even avoided.
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  5. Protect your time and practice mindful time-blocking to take care of important tasks.