21st Century Productivity

Busy ≠ Productive Make sure your hard work truly produces results

It’s not about looking busy, spending a lot of time in the office, or getting ‘caught’ taking breaks. It’s about the impact our decisions produce.

Despite big expectations placed on us, we tend to blindly spend time, money, and other resources. We’re even proud of the busy work despite failing to check if they ultimately lead to our desired results.

The Industrial Age trained us to be merely busy. There are new rules that fit the 21st Century’s more complex needs for Knowledge Workers like you.

Enter Modern Productivity
Here are Today's Rules:

Have a North Star

Without a clear finish line, you don’t know where you’re going and how fast you should be running. Start by composing a statement that will best describe today your success criteria and the deadline. These are practical metrics that are inspired by your larger mission.


Lose 10kg in 3 months

Increase monthly revenue by 5% in 6 months

Go to Mars in 7 years

Don’t allow this day to end without clarifying what you want.

Map Your Best Bet Towards the North Star

Break down the goal into high-impact actions that you’d actually do. Compose bite-sized targets using the S.M.A.R.T. criteria: Specific, Measurable, Actionable, Realistic, and Time-bound. These are typically “lead measures” (instead of lag measures), actionable things that we do to affect the “lag measures.”


Run 7km every week for 4 weeks

Call 5 new customers this week

Draft Mars exploration plan by August 1, 2015

Keep Moving Forward

After mapping your way to success, put yourself in the best position to carry this out. This is done with constant accountability checks and surrounding yourself with inspiring people and things. Explore creative ways to put yourself in serendipity, as the best inspirations can be counterintuitive.


Report to weight loss buddy every Sunday for 6 months

Pay Alex $100 if I fail to call 5 new customers this week

Publicly update status of Mars exploration plan every month end

Fight Needless Busy Work

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