Reading this article about Jim Collins made me think about my life and am I being focused enough on my goals to be really productive?
Mr. Collins keeps this short list:
That, he explains, is a running tally of how he’s spending his time, and whether he’s sticking to a big goal he set for himself years ago: to spend 50 percent of his workdays on creative pursuits like research and writing books, 30 percent on teaching-related activities, and 20 percent on all the other things he has to do.
These aren’t ballpark guesstimates. Mr. Collins, who is 51, keeps a stopwatch with three separate timers in his pocket at all times, stopping and starting them as he switches activities. Then he regularly logs the times into a spreadsheet.
But at some point you have to wonder whether or not the mechanics of being productive can overwhelm the outcome of actually living a productive life.