The Productivity Equation







Key Notes ✏️

Productivity = Useful output / time x f (where f is the ‘fun factor’)

If you’re unproductive right now

Here’s what you should do if you’ve been procrastinating for an entire day:

  1. Accept that you won’t do anything today and try not to get angry at yourself
  2. Set the alarm for the time you will be preparing to go to bed today
  3. No, really. Do it. It will take 20 seconds
  4. Procrastinate for the rest of the day
  5. When the alarm rings, put your laptop and everything you need for work in your backpack
  6. When you wake up, try to not check social media, email or anything else. Do not take anything out of your backpack
  7. Get dressed, take your stuff, and go to a library, cafe, whatever else where you either
    • never been to
    • have been to but never procrastinated within the last 6 months
  8. While getting to that place, figure out what you want to be doing today
  9. Do it
  10. Return home in the evening. Don’t take anything (especially your laptop) out of your backpack. Repeat steps 6-10


Every productivity system stops working eventually and there’s nothing you can do about it

Materials 📒

A handful of loosely related materials, organized and available for further exploration. A handful of loosely related materials, organized and available for further exploration. I will keep updating these as I learn more.

The Principles of Productivity
Ali Abdaal
🚀 The Ultimate Guide to Productivity
Ali Abdaal
Every productivity thought I've ever had, as concisely as possible
Alexey Guzey
Blog Article
Derek Sivers

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