It’s easy to feel productive when you’re consuming productivity advice. Or “productivity porn”, as I call it these days.
It’s easy to feel entertained when you’re consuming the latest TV show. It’s easy to feel smart when you’re reading what a great mind wrote.1
Reading, after a certain age, diverts the mind too much from its creative pursuits. Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking.
– Albert Einstein
Of course you should be curious as to how you can get your daily chores done in a more efficient manner, so consume that piece of productivity porn. Of course you should take a break from producing and watch a show to wind down. Of course you should take in evergreen truths when you’re looking to find inspiration for your own thinking.
The right dose differentiates a poison from a remedy.
So read, watch, listen—but take time to think!
- I’m aware of the irony of quoting right after stating this. Smart, huh?
- Thanks to FG for making this reminder for my desk at work.