This is a short post about an attitude towards productivity.

The more I read about and understand the tools of productivity, the clearer it is that it’s more about a mindset than any specific tactic, habit or tool.

Infact, productivity is less about changing behaviors than it is about understanding yourself.

The self help industry is obsessed with the former. It can be insufferable with all the ideal morning routines, to-do apps and prioritization frameworks. These create more anxiety than motivation (ymmv), and often leaves me feeling worse about myself.

Contentment is the antidote. Contentment is a mental state of both accepting who you are today - and spending the time to really understand your own behaviour. Some other notes on this state:

More on this topic in a previous post on self curiousity.