Productivity schemes

how our tools become our masters by Emergent by design

how our tools become our masters by Emergent by design

Because “life hacks” and “productivity tips” are next to “viagra” and listicles when it comes to “stuff I reflexively avoid clicking on in my inbox”. Anyway, “schemes” evokes the snake-oil sheen that productivity tricks have, whether you are selling them to others or to yourself. This is the correct attitude.

Against productivity

The need for slack time in your life, because that is what life is about. Alternatively, maybe slackness produces greater overall productivity. See, e.g., meditation.

The tension between creativity and productivity

Doctorow reports that there’s a conflict between the optimization of your time via getting things done and the sort of experimental playtime you often need to do creative work.

The corollary of this is that it gets much, much harder to winnow out activities over time. Anything I remove from the Jenga stack of my day disturbs the whole tower.

And that means that undertaking new things, speculative things that have no proven value to any of the domains where I work (let alone all of them) has gotten progressively harder, even as I’ve grown more productive. Optimization is a form of calcification.

However, one should still avoid clickbait.

Online services

See also privacy.

Time management tools

See time management.