How To Improve Your Personal Productivity: The 3 Golden Rules

3 years, 7 months ago

Hello fellow Hethens,

I just finished crafting up a blogpost entitled How To Improve Your Personal Productivity: The 3 Golden Rules, and I would really love your opinion, feedback, recommendations on it.

You can check it out here:


June 13, 2011 at 5:00 pm

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Profile photo of Em Em (@emily) 3 years, 7 months ago ago

I really enjoyed that Phil :) Never heard of Parkinson’s Law before–such a real concept. That’s why I can get my work done in my cube, and somehow still have time to go on HE on a regular basis, do my bills, draw up my tattoos, read, etc :) HE is actually a pretty big distractor for me. I like the idea of doing the to-do lists on Sunday night. Good stuff! It’s like a golden triangle of productivity :)

Profile photo of  Anonymous (@) 3 years, 7 months ago ago

Systematization can help one order his or her hours down to the minute and maybe on the surface this increases productivity, but it’s all for naught in my experience if the individual doesn’t internalize the essence of effortless action…if the individual doesn’t cultivate a means for acting and achieving spontaneously.

The rules which work for me:
1. All plans in concreto are doomed to fail. Plan only generally and don’t be frustrated when unforeseen variables bar the projected path.
2. Keep moving, not through but around obstacles. The sedentary stagnates and dies. That which is supple and ever moving is ever growing. Cultivate motion even in stillness.
3. Be quiet. This doesn’t just mean ‘not talking-‘ this is more a mirror-minded emptiness.

Perhaps this is why I visit HE like most people visit retirement homes: on a more-or-less monthly basis to preemptively pay the dying their deserved respects.


Only one rule is needed: Get shit done!

Profile photo of  Anonymous (@) 3 years, 7 months ago ago

Tits be wise.

Profile photo of Blake Blake (@begelman) 3 years, 7 months ago ago

this is great! I love March 24th’s post. I try asking myself this question everyday when I wake up.

Profile photo of Johannes Davidsson Johannes Davidsson (@daokedao) 3 years, 7 months ago ago

When it comes to plans I like to think in that you start of with an idea. And you aim for growing that idea. The world is not constant so change will occur.

So when I set up my plans and ideas I visualize my path as a straight line, lets say a shoreline. Then my life is water. Just ike water rising and receding on a beach. I will stray in both directions from the line. But in the end I will reach the goal. And ofcourse on step at a time.

Profile photo of Phil Drolet Phil Drolet C (@phildrolet) 3 years, 7 months ago ago

Hey guys, thanks for the feedback! I enjoyed reading all of your comments.

A couple things I’d like to point out.

-I agree that flexibility is necessary (about every other day I stray from the original planning for the day to account for momentary inspiration).
-The important thing is to have some sort of mental models relating to personal productivity; simply hoping to be highly productive in a world where distractions abound is almost doomed for failure

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