Stop Being a Productivity Nerd

I actually found myself getting annoyed the other day, reading a post on productivity. The author was telling me I needed to audit and account for every single hour of my day and ask myself If I really should be doing this.

No.

Honestly if you were to work like this you may as well work for a big corporation where you can save yourself the hassle of having to audit your time - as some jerk of a manager will do it for you.

If you're boring, predictable and don't enjoy having fun, then you should follow this advice. But i'm sure your not. Come on guys, isn't this taking productivity too far? You'll end up spending your entire day "being productive" without actually achieving anything.

I think people often get a little carried away with productivity and getting things done. But at the end of the day, if you're not enjoying yourself whats the point!

You can still be productive while having fun - and you definitely don't need to constnatly audit yourself. In fact I actively encourage, what you may call procrastination. I find I work best at night, so I spend the day on Twitter, power napping, reading and at the moment, playing Christmas Tree Pinball (tis the season and all). I then churn through my work at night, with ease.

If you force yourself to account for every single minute of your waking day, instead of being productive you'll probably have the opposite effect. Chill out a bit. Rather than this stupid auditing crap, come up with 3 tasks that are most important to your success. Do each one first thing in the day (my day is backwards btw, as in my day starts at around 9pm at night, im a bit wierd). Take a break in between each task and then feel free to procrastinate after.

I guarantee that if you follow this laid back approach for 6 months, you will have achieved more than the anal productivity nerd who is constantly fighting with him/herself to audit time.

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