Sunday, January 25, 2015

Newton’s Laws of Getting Stuff Done?

See here:
First Law of Motion: An object either remains at rest or continues to move at a constant velocity, unless acted upon by an external force. (i.e. objects in motion tend to stay in motion. Objects at rest tend to stay at rest.)
This also seems to hold for writing and thinking! I sort of knew this, but I never integrated it into my conscious life.

The discussion of the other two laws of motion and their relevance for "productivity" is almost as interesting. The author sums up the discussion as follows:
Newton’s laws of motion reveal insights that tell you pretty much everything you need to know about how to be productive.
  1. Objects in motion tend to stay in motion. Find a way to get started in less than 2 minutes.
  2. It’s not just about working hard, it’s also about working on the right things. You have a limited amount of force and where you apply it matters.
  3. Your productivity is a balance of opposing forces. If you want to be more productive, you can either power through the barriers or remove the opposing forces. The second option seems to be less stressful.
It's the "opposing forces" that got in the way! Often you are not aware of what they are. "Powering through" or "removing" them presuppose that you know them!

2 comments:

Angry Thinker said...

Or to put it another way:
Effectiveness is doing the right things - picking a direction, a goal.
Efficiency is doing things right - running fast in the direction of that goal in an economical way, process-oriented.

NPJB said...

Awesome stuff, this has a very deep meaning. Do you mind, if I write this on my blog? Of course credit will be given to you. I feel we are very similar, who learn from the surroundings. I write to improve myself as a person.

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