At its most basic level, productivity can be thought of in economic terms as a measure of how much output you get per unit of input, but of course real life is not quite this tidy, concrete and quantifiable. As applied to everyday life, productivity is a way of thinking about about how you can get more of what you want and need out of the 24 hours of the day. Look at the people around you and try to mimic the ones who seem most capable of handling a full schedule gracefully.
- The most basic and reductive view of productivity is a matter of units of output per unit of input.
- In practical terms, productivity can be understood as a way to get more out of your life, since we all have 24 hours in a day.
- You can learn about productivity by modeling the behavior of people around you who seem most capable of handling everything they have to do with forethought and efficiency.
“Writer Charles Duhigg defines productivity as “making certain choices in certain ways” that moves us from being “merely busy” to “genuinely productive” in his book Smarter Faster Better.”