Productivity Porn

I love, love, love productivity porn. Lifehacker’s endless tips about how if I can just use a particular system, by FSM, I’ll be organized! I won’t get trapped in the endless rabbit hole of the internet.  Then I’ll realize I just spent hours looking at pictures of other people’s disc-bound notebooks. Man, other people look SO organized, all the time.

Which is why I hurt myself laughing when they published this particular article: Avoid the Trap of “Productivity Porn”. Ok, but that’s the entire reason for the site to exist! Still, it gave me a piece of advice I’m putting everywhere:

Do not confuse activity for progress. Sometimes blind activity can be a palliative, a false reassurance that we are moving forward. It takes courage to stop and ask if what is being done is actually having any impact—on our lives and our work and our happiness. We know the answer will often make us wince.

Eep! I am SO guilty of finding something to throw my energy into, creating a flurry of activity that just does not move me forward. If it’s not my butt in a chair, writing, it’s probably not going to get me writing. I know what I need to do to get my next story done, and that is just doing it. There is no magical writing tip on the internet that is going to change that.

Butts in chairs, hands on keyboard (or pen or voice recognition), WRITING.

Wait, ok, there was one tip that really helped me out, but I find it very difficult at times.  Don’t check your email first thing in the morning.  If you are working on your computer, have just Word/Scrivner/etc open.  Don’t touch the internet, don’t touch your beloved forums, don’t read your email.  IT’S A TRAP.

Totally random thing: Have you ever noticed your email starting to judge you?  Thank you Groupon, but now you are making me paranoid with your endless offers of housecleaning. Although, yes, perhaps I could really use the assist right now. Stop judging my bathroom! My bathroom is allowed to be gross if I’m writing.

leotamabel (16 Posts)


2 comments

  1. Actually that tip about not checking you email, or twitter, facebook,etc. first thing in the morning works for me. If I sit down and write first I get writing done, if i “just check one thing quickly” I get sucked in and end up wasting the day.

  2. […] forums, video games, television, Youtube, and as Leota pointed out a couple of days ago, productivity porn. (Who doesn’t love to read articles about beating procrastination while […]

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