Move away from productivity porn

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We are all addicted to productivity. Racing to goals from multiple direction. Parallel streams are going on to be best- best in looks, best in career, best in attention , or best in family. Race is ON. We are jumping from one stream to another. We want to beat standard set by others.

Productivity is like a Porn addiction. We need to jump to keep self-busy. Focus in on time optimization. In that race we try to fill time with garbage, mindless habits, or things we don’t like. On other hand, creativity is best when you are free. Boredom is mother of innovation. That is where you observe things deeply. You go deeper in beauty of nature.

You will say, all Olympic athletes are running and practicing. Yes, they are moving on path suggested by others. They want to win by beating standard and timelines set by others. They are not creating new path. They are optimizing the path.

Innovation and creativity come from new path creation. Trying things that no one is trying. It requires failure, observation and trial and application of attention. Busy people can’t do that. Busy people have mindless schedules or habits. Habits are about doing things without applying mind. Structural life is good, if you want to beat enemies in money, body building, get more marks, or grades.

If you want to beat self, don’t keep a schedule. Go with flow. Timelines are distractors. Consciousness wants flow. Marc Andreessen suggested that keep your schedule open to do what you want. It is difficult thing to suggest to a serial procrastinator because most would take that as a cue to watch Netflix, masturbate and drown your sorrows in alcohol and potato chips. He says by keeping your schedule open, you can work on the thing that interests you and matters the most at that point in time. Keep a scheduled unscheduled time. Keep yourself free yet on a leash, so you get something meaningful achieved and not waste time.

Marc suggested that don’t give time to someone at 4 PM tomorrow. It will kill your time and attention. Say, If it is urgent meet now or if you will feel so at 4 O’clock tomorrow then go. Consciousness knows the priority. Don’t block time as much as possible. If you are dancing at 3 O Clock then dance. Don’t intercept it to please a friend. Flow is important. For structured procrastinator like me, I get panic at 3 PM to attend meeting at 4 PM. To stop any activity, ask your mind, is he enjoying or is it worth?. If yes, keep doing it. Fuck off the time boundary.