Ten factors that are more important than the productivity you’re measuring:

  1. Who you have around you
  2. and who you’re supporting
  3. What you’re paying attention to
  4. and what you’re denying, ignoring, or turning away from
  5. What you’ve dedicated yourself to
  6. and how big the questions are that you’re asking
  7. The extent to which you’re doing your work from fear
  8. and the extent to which you’re doing your work from love
  9. How open you’re prepared to be
  10. and whether you’re willing to care

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2 thoughts on “Productivity

  1. I’d say number 10 comes in first place for me. Caring is mission critical. I read an interesting analysis of Jordan Speith’s recent upset at the Masters golf tournament, when he lost to the Brit, Willets. Some commentators suggested he had been careless but another one sagely commented that it wasn’t carelessness, it was that Jordan had been caring too much.
    In the same way but obviously with much lower stakes, I still can’t remember how to operate the TV remote in the house we have lived in for over 15 years… it’s quite
    obvious that I don’t care enough!

    • Thank you Deborah
      I wonder what the difference is between caring and caring-too-much – something to do with making it personal, when it’s not, or perhaps it’s the difference between caring about what you’re doing as you’re doing it (the process / the way of doing it), and attachment to the outcome. As Lao Tzu says in ‘Tao Te Ching’ – Great power, doing nothing, has nothing to do // Lesser power, doing nothing, has an end in view

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