Stop Trying to 10x Your Productivity

You sure can try to multiply your productivity, but I guarantee it won’t happen. Here’s what you can do instead.

Stop Trying to 10x Your Productivity
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No matter where you turn, productivity advice is everywhere. We all want new ways to do more in less time. The advice is everywhere, and I’ve written my share.

This is not another article about maximizing productivity. Instead, this is a real wake-up call to everyone searching for the latest growth hack: stop.

No matter how many articles you read, you won’t 10x your productivity. Chances are, the people writing that content aren’t 10x-ing their productivity either. What does 10x even mean?

When writing on a topic I know about, it’s reasonable to write 500 words in an hour. If I 10x my productivity, am I now able to write 5,000 words an hour? While it may be physically possible, I can guarantee the content will be terrible.

While posts about how to 10x your productivity may be enticing, they exist for clicks. Sure, some advice may have worked for the writer, but not all advice is translatable.

Are you ready for the only productivity tip you’ll ever need? Get ready to have your mind blown:

Instead of searching for the latest hack, sit down and do the work.

That’s all there is to it. Do the work. Be productive. Stop worrying about trying to 10x your work and be productive instead.

A version of this article also appeared on Medium.