One Apple A Day #686 – am I productive?1 min read

“Productivity describes various measures of the efficiency of production. Often, a productivity measure is expressed as the ratio of an aggregate output to a single input or an aggregate input used in a production process, i.e. output per unit of input, typically over a specific period of time.” from Wikipedia.

I confess; I’ve always struggled with productivity. This word is the source of many bad days and a fair share of disappointment. There are days in which I get to the end of them, and I struggle to recollect where the time went. Those for sure are not productive days. Yet, often they are the source of some good ideas or learnings.

Days in which I do a lot of things but the one I wanted to do. So, I’m not sure if I should consider them productive days or not.

Days in which I don’t do much, but what I do feels so meaningful and rewarding.

So, every now and then, when I fill unproductive, I find myself asking questions such as “How do I measure my productivity? Do I need to measure it at all? What does it mean to be productive for me?

According to Wikipedia, production is a process of combining various material and immaterial inputs to make something which has value and contributes to the utility of individuals.

So, my understanding is that production is about impact. Still, how do I measure productivity?

Yes, this is how this post ends. Without any answers because I have none. Indeed, if I measure my productivity based on the number of answers I produce over a day, the figures are quite poor. 

Should I measure the questions I make?

If you have suggestions, or even better, some healthy questions, I’m all ears.

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