In this series on productivity enhancement, taken from Mr. Stolyarov’s e-book The Best Self-Help is Free, Mr. Stolyarov discusses the fundamental nature of productivity and approaches by which any person can become more productive.
This series is based on Chapters 7-14 of The Best Self-Help is Free.
Part 1 – What is Productivity?
The most reliable way to achieve incremental progress in your life is by addressing and continually improving your own productivity. Productivity constitutes the difference between a world in which life is nasty, brutish, and short and one in which it is pleasant, civilized, and ever-increasing in length.
Part 2 – Reason and the Decisional Component of Productivity
In order to properly decide what ought to be produced, man can ultimately consult only one guide: his rational faculty.
Part 3 – Perfectionism — The Number One Enemy of Productivity
Perfectionism engenders a pervasive sense of futility in its practitioner and mentally inhibits him from pursuing further productive work.
Part 4 – Quantification and Productivity Targets
Quantification enables an individual to set productivity targets for himself and to escape underachievement on one hand and perfectionism on the other.
Part 5 – Habit and the Elimination of the Quality-Quantity Tradeoff
A common fallacy presumes that there is a necessary tradeoff between the quantity of work produced and the quality of that work. By this notion, one can either produce a lot of mediocre units of output or a scant few exceptional ones. While this might be true in some cases, it overlooks several important factors.
Part 6 – The Importance of Frameworks for Productivity
Time-saving, productivity-enhancing frameworks can be applied on a personal level to enable one to overcome the human mind’s limited ability to hold and process multiple pieces of information simultaneously.
Part 7 – The Benefits of Repetition to Productivity
One of the most reliable ways to reduce the amount of mental effort per unit of productive output is to create many extremely similar units of output in succession. Mr. Stolyarov discusses the advantages of structuring one’s work so as to perform many similar tasks in close succession.
Part 8 – Making Accomplishments Work for You
Producing alone is not enough. If you just let your output lie around accumulating dust or taking up computer memory, it will not boost your overall well-being. Your accomplishments can help procure health, reputation, knowledge, safety, and happiness for you — if you think about how to put them to use.