Is the secret of productivity really just doing what you enjoy? | Oliver Burkeman
The secret to great productivity is simply to do what you enjoy.
Copying other successful people will not guarantee you success: Just because Elon Musk works 120 hours a week does not mean that you'll have the same success if you work for 120 hours a week. Musk likes to work those hours. If you tried to follow that schedule, you'd have to make yourself do it. The same goes to advice like "write every day." It won't work unless you want to write.
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Economists used to believe that people will always choose the option that maximizes their well-being. But people act against their rational self-interest all the time.
This bias addresses why we do unimportant tasks we think are time-sensitive over tasks that are not time-sensitive, even if the non-time-sensitive tasks provide greater rewards.
How to overcome this bias:
This effect describes our tendency to remember incomplete or interrupted tasks better than completed tasks. Each unfinished task takes up some of your attention, splitting your focus. It also interferes with your sleep.
What you can do about it:
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To some people, wealth is always going to mean money. But it's not t...
According to a Modern Wealth Index Survey, the amount needed to be comfortable in America is $1.4 million. To be wealthy, you'll need a net worth of $2.4 million.
An average pre-tax yearly salary of $389,436 is needed to be in the top 1%, although it varies by state.
We all, rich or poor, have the same 24 hours in a day. But we can use our money to buy more time. For example, by eating out, you don't have to decide what to cook, shop for ingredients, cook, and clean it all up.
If you can carve out more time for yourself, you can use it in other ways that will improve your life. You can start a side hustle, exercise, read, or spend time with family and friends.
Most of us want to be productive but do not completely understand what we do, why we do it, and who judges it as productive or non-productive.
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Comparing the earlier (linear) definition of productivity to modern knowledge work is like comparing a bicycle to a computer.