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Transformation vs. Productivity

Stepcase LifeHack is featuring a 12 part series entitled “Towards a New Vision of Productivity”.  It hits out at the reshaping of the productivity blogosphere from a lifehacking pseudo-religious organizational madness filled with folders, post-it notes, beeping reminders, etc. into simplified mindful living.

Before embarking upon my own quest of restructuring and a new life of simple pleasures I dragged through a bunch of lifehack posts set up on rss feeds, sat at a desk with multiple moniters and multiple machines whirring underneath it for eight to twelve hours a day and yet ran myself dry mentally, emotionally, and physically almost every week.

Where the difference comes in is in transformation over productivity.

Productivity, as has been echoed over and over, is dead.  Long live productivity.  Productivity as a set of systems to create efficiency in our lives isn’t efficient unless we are effective in choosing the goals which produces the results we want in our lives.

No productivity system can put you in a zen like, meditative, or mind like water state. A calm, focused, and meditative mind leads to greater productivity, but productivity systems cannot create a mind like water. – Clay Collins.

Transformation is about reshaping our lives.

When we reevaluate the goals and purpose of our life, cut out the extraneous portions that are holding us back, and replace them with a simple mindful attentive life we can live in a much more meaningful manner.  When we have a mindful way of living we are far more productive than when our life is bloated with hours at a desk, associations that drag us down, tools that take more time than they are worth, and so on.

Transformation is what this blog is about.


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Get a plan?

When someone asks you if you have a plan, a “long-term plan” for what you want to do with your life, do you have an answer?

I stumbled through something like an explanation but really I don’t have one.

I have this goal to live my life the way I want to – without the limitations of what is expected – but it seems to mean I am always questioning what it is that I do.  I want to do so many things but I never feel that what I do defines me, no less what I do for money; so when I’m asked if I have a plan I don’t really have a good answer.  My answer should perhaps be – “yes, as of yet, always mutable and changing” – easy and straightforward right?

Perhaps I should go with a list of things I will do – they are all planned in some stage or another.

Things I do and will do in the future:

  • Dance – whether this is teaching, performing or competing, this is my passion, my art and my life blood.  I will always dance.
  • Learn – I always want to learn new things, whether it is SEO, direct marketing, grammar and syntax, Adobe Illustrator, PHP, tap dance, wines, cooking… I will always be thrilled to add another skill to my repertoire.
  • Technology – as a techonology hobbyist I am intrigued by all things related to new technologies, whether mobile phones (my iphone), laptops, new iterations of the latest Open Source Software, and more.
  • Information – I want to work with information – I want to work with the flow of information, how it can be structured, shaped and inverted, how it can be a catalyst for change.
  • Design – I want to work with design, whether it is with information architecture , the design of physical objects, the design of digital visualizations, etc., the design mentality appeals to me in its form and function.  It facilitates a creative yet technical production.  A joining of two halves of my interest.
  • Green – I am fascinated by the green movement and I feel deeply motivated to leave a better future for those around me, for those who will come after me, and for my own future.  This can easily be wedded to green technology, green information systems, and much more.  This is easily tied into my consistent mind of social responsibility, green is much more than just an environmental practice but an entire restructuring of the social, economic and political system which place at their core the bettering of humanity for both a short term and long term vitality.
  • Live Well – I am not frugal, I do not plan to be.  I want to live my life to the fullest of its potential.  This includes enjoying good wine, good food, good people and good experiences.  I don’t need the 150$ bottle of wine, but I’d rather have a glass of wine with dinner than go without it to save 10-20$.  I won’t compromise my quality of life now for some unknown better life in the future.

My goals in life aren’t necessarily connected to what I will do for money nor are they separate.  Perhaps my goal is to integrate what I will do with a fiscally sustainable plan that facilitates the pursuit, without the excessive waste of time, of my interests, whether they will earn me money or they will provide me with the excitement, fullfillment and life I desire.

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