With all the books and blogs about productivity, it might not be easy to see the essence of productivity. What I want, then, are simple rules I can easily remember and apply throughout my days to help me boost my productivity. The rules should be effortless to remember and also very practical.
So, thinking about it, I think the essence of productivity can actually be summarized to only two rules. Here they are:
At any given time:
- Do not be idle
- Do the most important task
Notice that rule #2 says task, not tasks. It means that you should do only one task at a time, which is the most important task. On the other hand, rule #1 emphasizes the importance of always doing.
With these two rules in place, the purpose of the rest of your productivity system (such as calendar and to-do list) is actually nothing but to help you figure out what the most important task at any given time is. Once you know what your most important task is, your productivity system has done its job and it’s now up to you to do it.