Pushkar Singh

How to Get Started with Personal Productivity

I usually have a bunch of active projects on and when you have so much to do, things get quite stressful at times. The work seems never-ending and after a long day, there is no progress to account for.

But,

what if things were a bit less stressful? 

What if I had a way to sort out all of the tasks and projects so that we never miss a deadline?

Being in this chaotic state was all the motivation I needed to enter the world of personal productivity (before it was hyped on the internet).

Now being a bit of a wasteman, I have neglected personal productivity in the past, thinking that my time is better spent on completing tasks rather than planning and organizing. But, I WAS WRONG. Neglecting planning and organizing is like saying no to wheels when you are trying to carry a heavy load.

The more unorganized my work was, the more stress I accumulated. I could spend the whole day sitting in front of a computer, but I dint have any result to account for. When I don’t plan my projects, it seems like there are a million things I have to do, whereas all of this confusion was because I did not have a definite plan to complete my task. And when you work all day and have no result in hand, I can’t describe a better to destroy personal motivation.

Most people think they lack motivation when they really lack clarity

James Clear

So, to sort this chaos, we need to look at the three fundamental pillars of productivity. Each of these pillars is a role you have to take at different times in your workday.

The roles being :

  • The Pilot
  • The Plane
  • The Engineer

The Pilot 

 Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the ax.

Abraham Lincoln

When you are the Pilot, your job is to define the route and the destination for the airplane to fly. Here you would spend around 10% of your time to reflect and plan. There is no point in being productive for the wrong things, so really take your time and plan as to where do you want to go in life, who do you want to be?

The Plane

Ideas are cheap. Ideas are easy. Ideas are common. Everybody has ideas. Ideas are highly, highly overvalued. Execution is all that matters.

Casey Neistat

After the Pilot had defined the route and destination, now it’s the plane’s job to take of and fly. Here you would spend around 80% of your time, completing what you set out to do.

The Engineer 

The brain is for having ideas, not storing them

The Engineer’s task is to create and optimize a system that remembers all your tasks and projects. This system will act as your second brain so that you don’t waste time remembering stuff. This is where all the fancy note-taking apps come into play.  You would spend around 10% of your time here.

How to apply this?

Take a look at your work and reflect,

Where do I lack? And How can I do a better job at being the Pilot, the Plane, or the Engineer?

And, a more detailed explanation of personal productivity will be followed soon, as this was just the introduction until then you can grab my FREE Project Management notion template here.

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