Toby Rogers

Punk-Rock Product Management, Productivity & Personal Growth

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:

  • It encourages you to do the work. By making a clear choice not to create a system it gives you the freedom to focus...

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