Most peo­ple mea­sure pro­duc­tiv­ity in terms of work, what they’re paid to do.

I pre­fer a dif­fer­ent measure.

Productivity is the mea­sure of how effec­tively you get done the things you ratio­nally, explic­itly want to do (includ­ing work when nec­es­sary). Productivity is the out­put of the exer­cise of free will. This isn’t a new gen­er­al­iza­tion, adher­ents of GTD and other pro­duc­tiv­ity sys­tems know that pro­duc­tiv­ity is about your life, not just your work.

Tantek Çelik — The Acceleration of Addictiveness vs Willpower, Productivity, and Flow.

Many peo­ple try to do too much because they’re wor­ried they might miss doing some­thing that mat­ters. They want to do every­thing pos­si­ble, in case some of those things turn out to be important.

This is the buck­shot approach. Buckshot spreads into many lit­tle pel­lets when it leaves the shot­gun — most will miss the tar­get, but that’s OK, because only some of the pel­lets need to hit. That’s fine for hunt­ing, but for liv­ing, I’d rec­om­mend the rifle approach.

The rifle shoots a much more tar­geted bul­let, with much more pow­er­ful impact. You aim at a spe­cific tar­get, and you don’t waste as much energy.

Leo Babauta — buck­shot vs. rifle approaches.