Chaotic Productivity #1: Why Productivity Systems Don’t Work

A blogchain about productivity that started life as a Twitter thread.

There’s no one size fits all approach to productivity. Just because one system works for someone, it doesn’t mean it’ll work for you.

The problem with methodologies like GTD is they’re systems to be applied rather than ways of thinking about work. This is great at the start when you have no system, but over time you end up spending more effort reorganising and tweaking the setup than doing the work.

Renaming and rearranging your contexts lists isn’t a task to tick off, it’s just a different type of procrastination. I’m becoming increasingly convinced that chaotic productivity beats organised productivity every time.

Purposely eschewing organisation in favour of chaos has a number of benefits:

What I’m advocating is a systemless approach to productivity that focuses on capture, chaos and creativity.

Using notes apps and personal wikis as your canvases, you can maximise the opportunity for serendipity and supercharge your creative output.

 
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