I’ve read a lot about habits today. My friend Patrick Rhone wrote about his running habit and the challenges that come with it. Dave and I recorded a new episode of our Home Work podcast and chatted briefly about habits there, too.
Another notion raised today by my friend Isaiah was the idea that even though productivity tools and techniques can save time, many people waste more time than they save by writing, talking and toying with these things. It reminds me of what I was told when we bought an adjustable mattress recently.
We were told that it takes a couple of weeks for our bodies to acclimate to a new setting. Rather than setting a new sleep number each night in an effort to find that magic sweet spot, they recommend waiting a week or more between setting changes. And they were right; I get much better results by allowing myself to get used to each new setting over time.
In the world of productivity, it’s easy to get caught up in methods and tools and the theoretical. Doing so means spending precious time we really should be banking for other, more important tasks. Rather than trying six task management apps over the course of a month or two, I think it’s better to fully commit to one choice, run with it for a very long time, and then review the progress and results.
Tweaking endlessly doesn’t make you faster and more efficient and more productive; tweaking endlessly makes you a tweaker. I’d rather be good at other things, honestly.