I Was Wrong...

As many of you know I am a productivity nerd.

I am a weird individual and like to study time management, productivity, efficiency, etc.

But here’s the thing…

I was wrong.

For most (myself included), it’s not usually about getting more done.

You see, when we think productivity we think getting more done in a day…

How can we be more efficient, manage our time better, to get more things done in the day?

But, that’s only one way to look at productivity…

And I’m going to say that it’s the wrong way for most people.

We believe that productivity is the secret sauce to getting more done, it’s the thing that’s going to allow us to fit that workout in, finally have some “me” time, or be a more efficient team member.

But what if I could change your mind?

What if the answer is…


You read that right.


I think for most people, most organizations, the answer is not more productivity “hacks,” but instead, saying "no” more often.

Or at least…not right now.

Doing less.

Most of us live our lives as firefighters.

Not the real hero fire fighters, but fire fighters for our own lives.

We go around, reacting to anything that is put in front of our face, putting out fires, and letting the day control us, not us controlling the day.

So, more productivity tips…I’m not sure that’s going to help.

Fitting more in the day is not the goal, because then that just means we’re putting out more fires.

The goal instead is to say “no” to more things.

That includes both externally and internally.

The goal, I know it sounds crazy, but maybe the goal is….do less.

Meaning, I’m going to say no to anything that distracts me, anything that can wait.

I’m going to say no to people and things in my life more, and I’m going to say no to myself.

I don’t see the world getting any quieter, I don’t see it slowing down any.

We live in a “go-go” society where we are looked at negatively if we’re not “productive.”

However, as of today, I believe the answer might be to starting saying no to more things…

Whether that’s saying no to the television show at night and instead getting a workout in, or just saying no to putting anything on the calendar on a Sunday so you can sleep in and sip coffee.

More is not better, better is better.

So, maybe the answer to fitting that workout in or having some “me” time, is not saying how can I do this other stuff faster, but instead asking, what can I say no to so I can say yes to that.

Anyways, hopefully that came out the right way.

It’s what I contemplated outside at 5:30 this morning as I swung in my hammock, drinking coffee, watching the sunrise.

What can I say no to?

1% Better.

Dedicated to Your Success,

Doug Spurling