Productivity Porn: The Best Way To Waste Time

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Do Nothing “Productivity”: The Delicious Feeling of Productivity Porn

There will be no plumbers or pizza guys showing up at your house and certainly, all the lemon trees are fine. You however still watch and read a ton of porn: Productivity Porn.

Productivity porn is the unhelpful search for the latest and greatest method or tool or inspirational quote, or motivational speaker that, after you find it, will make you the most productive human on the planet. With this thing, whatever it is, you convince yourself that you will be able to start working on what you need to do.

But, instead of doing anything, you chase the productivity porn, forever unfulfilled because you haven’t actually done anything, and achieved any goals.

Come on, you know the process.

  • It’s the delicious feeling you get you Google how to do something and find that there are many answers
  • Then you read every single one of them. You are now on page 17 of Google Search, wondering how you got here.
  • You feel kinda gritty and gross, like you should have done something “productive” instead.
  • Nope, research is productive!
  • 10 more pages of Google Search, here I come!
  • Oooh, this page is in Dutch! Maybe it has all the answers I’ve ever needed! Google, translate this page, please!
  • An hour passes, maybe 2, maybe 7.
  • You’ve done so much “research” that you are now exhausted.
  • You have, however, NOT EXECUTED ANYTHING.
That’s productivity porn. The delicious feeling that you are doing something by researching how other people have done something without doing it yourself. Empty calories.

None of it really to learn how to do the thing you need to do so you can execute. Not to take reasonable steps then go back and learn some more.

Nope! You’ve spent the last day “investigating” the “right way” to do stuff but actually done nothing. You, my friend, have analysis paralysis.

Let It Go

There is no right way.

Lemmie say it one more time, this time for those in the back.

THERE IS NO RIGHT WAY!

And that, my friends, is the struggle of life. That there is no “right way” that is going to be universally applicable to get things done.

Of course, of course. I never ever suggest reinventing the wheel. If someone has come up with a strategy or technique that you think might work, that’s excellent.

Here’s the problem: If you only read, but never DO, you’ll never know if it works FOR YOU.

That’s the thing. Productivity porn blinds us into believing that, until we find the perfect “method” or “way” or “plan”, we shouldn’t start, we shouldn’t execute. After all, no one wants to waste time on the wrong method.

But the wrong method isn’t always the method that doesn’t work. It’s just the method that doesn’t work for you!

My Productivity Porn Saga: The Story of the Bullet Journal

A few months ago, I got into bullet journaling. It’s cool, it’s a planner and a notebook all in one. Very very useful since I realized that having a planner and a separate notebook started to become unwieldy.

So I spent a ton of time “researching”. But if you go on Pinterest or Instagram, the bullet journaling communities there are some of the most artistic people I have ever seen. And since being artistic is not a skill I possess, I was bummed that I couldn’t get involved in bullet journaling.

That decision was made EVEN THOUGH I HADN’T EVEN TRIED YET.

That’s right folks. I made the decision to not bullet journal on the basis that, with no real world information, it looked too complicated.

Yep. Well done, Yoo.

After all of that reading and researching, however, I realized that I don’t need to have amazing art skills to bullet journal. All I needed was a pen, a notebook and time. And lo and behold, when I started doing the most bare-bones bullet journal, I realized that the bare-bones system worked for me but not all the other things that came with bullet-journaling.

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A photo of my bullet journal page on July 30. The most boring bullet journal in the most boring book. And it absolutely works for me!

I learned that doing, tasting, and trying was much more valuable in deciding what I liked and was useful to me than thinking alone ever would be.

Stop Productivity Porn

I want you to stop reading this blog one day. I want you to get to the point where there is no more value I can provide to you because you are so busy executing. Carrying out your dreams and your goals in a way that makes you so happy that you remember me fondly but have no time to catch up.

Don’t masturbate to the information, the motivation, and the inspiration. Actually go out there and do shit!

Stop feeding yourself productivity porn! Start doing!

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