An objection to "do what you enjoy"

One big fear we have is that when we let ourselves do what we enjoy, we'd waste even more hours each day on social media, instead of doing important things.

But we know that when we start a session of challenging work, we often need to give ourselves a push. After that, it's the enjoyment that'll sustain our motivation, not productivity hacks.

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The best predictor of getting things done

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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Sometimes we all tend to feel pressured. It could be as petty or big as solving a math problem and not reaching to a solution. These situations may make us feel inadequate and shake our confidence. We tend to see ourselves as inferior to others in terms of knowledge.

But if you feel this way maybe you're just out of shape and you can use this idea to get rid of that internal dialogue.

Being out of shape isn’t a permanent state, the same way that lack of knowledge isn’t fixed.


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Wealth Is A Relative Term

The definition of wealth is personal. It may mean something different to everyone.

To some people, wealth is always going to mean money. But it's not that straightforward. 41% of people feel "wealthy" if they have meals out or food delivered. Services such as Netflix, Spotify, or Amazon Prime made life feel richer for 33%.

We Don’t Know What Productivity Really Is

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.

Productivity can be defined as the effectiveness of an effort, measured in terms of input and output. This definition is limited, as modern knowledge work does not fall in the category of industries (like a sugar factory) or agriculture, where productivity can be measured tangibly, and the output is already defined in a linear way.

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