I can certainly see the value in organizing our endless to-do lists. I also understand the stress relief that can come with feeling in control of your schedule. However, there is a bit of a disconnect between true “productivity” and the all-too-common view of it.
I view increased productivity as a means of achieving outcomes more efficiently. Many people see increased productivity as a chance to cram more and more onto their plate.
The crux of it is- the more “tasks” that we take on- the fewer actual outcomes we are able to achieve.
In my own life I’ve fallen into this trap myself- thinking that being “busier” is better.
Since I only answer to myself as a business owner, it is easy to constantly second guess myself: Am I doing enough to grow my business? I’m going to go out on a limb and say that the second guessing happens in many other areas of life as well- career, parenting, working out, etc.
No matter the context, we always seems to wonder “Am I doing enough?”
How do I deal with this voice inside my head? How do I know if I’m “doing enough?”
I just get clear on the outcome that I’m looking for, and strip away any extra fluff that doesn’t directly support that outcome.
Then I use the rest of my time to enjoy my life.