Patrick Rhone, writ­ing about your two brains:

This is also not to say that you can’t both be fast and good — you can. This is just to say that the chances of you doing your best work are far greater if you allow your slow brain to engage and evolve at the same rate as the fast. If you take your time. If you slow down.

Productivity is about your life, not just your work

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.

buckshot vs. rifle approaches

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.