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Value Is Not Essence

There’s a popular productivity technique called time blocking.  It’s where you set aside a number of hours each day for particular tasks, so you know exactly what you’ll be doing during any specified period of time.  For example, I may have a block of time from 10 AM – 12 PM where I write everyday, followed by an hour in which I have lunch, and then a time from 1 PM – 3 PM where I write again.

Recently, I found myself struggling with time management, so I decided to try time blocking to get myself back on track.  On Sunday evening, I outlined my schedule for the upcoming Monday, creating nice little visual blocks to indicate when I’ll be writing, when I’ll be doing administrative work, when I’ll be reading, and so on.  Within a span of minutes, I knew exactly what I’d be doing the next day.

Well, Monday arrived, and so did my commitment to adhere to this schedule.  I successfully checked off my first morning block of writing, and felt great about jumping into the afternoon.  The afternoon arrived, and I finished the list of tasks I set out to do then too.  The day was a total success from a productivity standpoint.

But… I’ve since discarded time blocking, and have yet to use it again.

That may seem odd, given that I should want to carry over my prior day success to the subsequent one.  After all, isn’t that what it means to be productive?  To systemize your day so that each one ensures you extract the most value possible?

Well, the answer is that it depends, but more specifically, it depends on what it means for you to have a “successful day.”  And the problem with most productivity advice is that it assumes what a “successful day” is on your behalf.

It is this very issue that I want to delve into today.

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