Here are a couple of things I’d like you to briefly ponder. Plus, a productivity tip that many of you will find extremely useful.
- Isaac Asimov produced around 470 published books, and hundreds more short works. He did this using a typewriter.
- Productive people don’t buy productivity apps.
Those are two things that stood out, on reading last week’s entries in my current notebook (the blue one in that photo).
- The first was a nugget of information I gleaned from Boston University.
- The second was something I jotted down, while speaking with the developer of a popular productivity app. He told me that productivity apps are not marketed to productive people. That makes sense. After all, driving apps are not marketed to people who don’t drive.
This reminded me of how we managed, before we had access to productivity apps. It also reminded me of a technique I used back in the day, which works just as effectively today.
Here it is.
- The moment I feel ‘stuck’, I grab the task and focus ONLY on doing the very first step.
- I then do that one, small thing.
- The task is instantly transformed from something I need to start, to a task in progress.
- Momentum is created.
- Momentum is the opposite of being stuck.
- This one step pretty-much overcomes all productivity challenges for me.
Back to apps.
I chewed over that Isaac Asimov fact in my notebook. I mean, would Isaac Asimov have written more books, if he had a phone offering him productivity notifications and tips?
And what about Leonardo da Vinci? Would entering various data into productivity apps, then monitoring that data, have given him greater focus with which to create? I do know, that da Vinci kept copious notes. Maybe they were his productivity tool?
This leads on to the inspiration for today’s post.
A BIGGER point. About notebooks
One of the least mentioned benefits of using a notebook every day, is what happens when you read a few seemingly unrelated notes. They very often combine to create an idea. Like the idea for this post.
Only by reading those notes, taken 3 days apart, did I make a connection. Seeing them together helped me join the dots. At least 75% of my blog posts / newsletter ideas come from my notebooks.
Without exception, every productive person I know is a note taker. Some, like me, use a mix of paper notes and digital. Others choose just one.
If you don’t regularly take notes, I very highly recommend you give it a try. And the next time you’re in a productive slump, give my productivity tip a try.