Productivity is something I think about often. Am I being productive? Is my time being applied to the things that matter most right now? Are there hacks or tools that can help me be more productive? This is driven by my perspective on time. I’ve always viewed time as precious. You can’t create it, buy more of it, or get it back once it’s gone. You can only manage it. I’m not always successful, but I do my best to manage my time, and I’m always trying to improve in this area. I don’t want to take time for granted.
I try to make the most of each day (though, of course, I have off days) by working from a to-do list. In the morning, I think about the things that need to be done and prioritize them for the day. I try to keep the list short—three to five things—to increase my odds of success, but even so there are many days when I don’t accomplish everything I wanted to.
Today, I met two founders who are rethinking the to-do list. Their approach is interesting and could make executing tasks across different platforms more efficient. I’m excited and curious about what they’re working on and looking forward to trying their product.
I’ve never mastered time management and productivity. Recently I’ve come to realize that I probably never will. I now believe that I’ll continually work at improving for many years, learn, and adjust my habits accordingly. Hopefully, when all is said and done I’ll be happy with how I used my time!