Monday Motivation: How To Be More Productive- Aaron Swartz

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“With all the time you spend watching TV,” he tells me, “you could have written a novel by now.” It’s hard to disagree with the sentiment — writing a novel is undoubtedly a better use of time than watching TV — but what about the hidden assumption? Such comments imply that time is “fungible” — that time spent watching TV can just as easily be spent writing a novel. And sadly, that’s just not the case.

Time has various levels of quality. If I’m walking to the subway station and I’ve forgotten my notebook, then it’s pretty hard for me to write more than a couple paragraphs. And it’s tough to focus when you keep getting interrupted. There’s also a mental component: sometimes I feel happy and motivated and ready to work on something, but other times I feel so sad and tired I can only watch TV.

If you want to be more productive then, you have to recognize this fact and deal with it. First, you have to make the best of each kind of time. And second, you have to try to make your time higher-quality.


3 Comments Add yours

  1. Stylehue says:

    So true 🙂 I only turn on the tv at the end of the day – from 8 pm to 10 and that’s my enjoy relax time 🙂


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    1. parparvan says:

      I know it’s good to have a balance for sure! there are certainly times when the brain just need some rest 😉

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      1. Stylehue says:

        Haha so true 🙂 I like to tune out and watch movies

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