Productive is a good trait by which to describe yourself. To be able to get your work done and on time is a skill which is helpful in all areas of life. You are help to either your employer or yourself. You don’t worry about the future, because you are on the right path towards fulfillment. You establish a quota and succeed with each passing day. You are a production machine.
Search the internet over for how to increase your productivity, and the tips will be endless. Right now I have a red colored desktop on this computer because red is supposed to induce of feeling of productivity. Is it working? I’m not sure, I still take a break every once in a while to make sure I’m keeping up with my friends’ important status updates like “Going to the store to get chips,” or “The new Harry Potter was so rad!!!11.”
So learn to be productive, my friend. Learn how to get work done. But once you get there, stop caring about it so much.
By this point you should start worrying about what you wanted to be productive for in the first place.
Why did you want to get your work done so quickly? What was the point? You may think the answer obvious but is it really?
One of the hardest things to handle is leisure time. Productivity gives us more of this, or at least its part of the idea. If I wanted to write three articles a day for this website, I could be extremely productive and pound them out all within the hour. I would be on to bigger and better things. But what kind of things would I pursue after that?
Those are the things that count. Sure I am productive by writing articles, but it is the time away from the computer where I get ideas and inspiration. Sure my 8 to 5 job gets me a paycheck every couple of weeks, but it is from 5 to 8 where I pursue other things like relationships, reading, and traveling.
Productivity is important, but it’s important because of its capacity to set you up for further advancement. It allows you to get to other things. To be productive is to save time and energy doing the same amount of work. It unlocks energy to be spent elsewhere.
Finding how to be productive is like finding the right tools for a certain job. Once you have the tools, though, you have to worry about what you are building. Is it worth all of the work involved?
Are you only worried about being productive so you have more time to go home and watch Jersey Shore? Is it only so you can buy all of the seasons of Dexter on Blu-Ray? Or is it to have more time for your children? To be able to work towards that degree you’ve always wanted?
These are important questions to ask, because on one hand, productivity can lead to great things, but on the other, you might as well just spend more time working.