Just say NO to half-hearted commitments

Ubergeek Marc Andreessen shares his thoughts on personal productivity… 

It’s really easy to get asked to do something — a new project, a nonprofit activity, a social event — and to have your head say yes and your heart say no, and then your mouth says yes.

The next thing you know, you’re piled up with all kinds of things on your schedule that sounded like a good idea at the time but you really don’t want to do.

And distract you from the things that really matter.

And make you angry, and bitter, and sullen, and hostile.

(Oh, wait, I’m projecting.)

No, he’s not just projecting.  All those little commitments we kind-heartedly agree to, well … they’re piling up and getting in the way of the things we really want to do – and should be doing – like writing that next novel, or submitting that batch of poems, or building that next piece of furniture. 

Personal productivity isn’t just for the biz crowd.  Creatives of all stripes can flourish when we get things off our minds and off our plates. We need a way to cut through the clutter, the distractions, the crap that’s weighing us down. 

 What the biz kids know that creatives may not figure out intuitively is that productivity is not the end, it’s the means.  In our case, it’s the means to carving out time for that new carving, and having our minds clear enough to do it. 

Thanks to Merlin Mann for the link.

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