The Lie of Productivity

The Problem with Overcommitment

  • Causes stress
  • Broken commitments
  • Work that’s misaligned with priorities
  • Meaninglessness, hopelessness, burnout

The lie of productivity: I can always make more time.

Productivity is not about doing as many things as possible, it’s about doing the right things well. And that almost always means doing fewer things.

“the more you believe you might succeed in ‘fitting everything in,’ the more commitments you naturally take on, and the less you feel the need to ask whether each new commitment is truly worth a portion of your time—and so your days inevitably fill with more activities you don’t especially value.” – OLIVER BURKEMAN, Four Thousand Weeks

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