I reached an epiphany about a year ago that it became clear to me that most of my online activity was a colossal waste of time. So away went all of my tech podcast’s, I unsubscribed to nearly all of my RSS feeds and the hours spent wandering around YouTube happily went away. Also with the help of the Lord I was able to extricate myself from the clutches of Twitter. Now I stand a free man ready to be somewhat productive.
With most of the time sucks removed from my life I now find myself able to get some things done and now I’m just plain happier.
Hacks, tweaks, tricks, etc. have emerged from a productivity hobbyist culture, are largely insufficient at solving bigger life problems, and often do not increase productivity. These hacks etc. are vestiges of the largely "techie" demographic of the early (but self-reinforcing) blogosphere. (via the growing life)
I work from my home office with little to no direct supervision so I need to practice some serious self management in order to be effective. I found that removing the mental and physical clutter from my life has greatly increased my personal productivity. Once the digital distractions were reduced to a minimum the quantity and quality of my work increase. Productivity is as much what you don’t do as what you do…