24. July 2012 · 2 comments · Categories: Editorial · Tags: , ,

About a year ago I tried to regain control of my schedule, my work, my life by fully implementing Getting Things Done. Perhaps unsurprisingly I fell off the bandwagon pretty quickly. I think this is the experience of many people trying to change the way they organize their lives, and I’m planning a reboot soon. Nonetheless, many of the core GTD principles have been incubating in my mind and I’m trying to incorporate them into my day-to-day life even without the overarching organizational system.

One of the most profound of these concepts was the idea of redefining “productivity”. I think too often productivity is conflated with busyness; if we’re busy doing something then we must be being productive. In a great series of podcasts about life as a modern academic, however, MIT Physics Prof. Peter Fisher warns against activities which keep you busy without actually being productive — which raises the question, “What is productivity?”

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