Why I Fell into the “Productivity Trap” and How to Get Out


The Productivity TrapIt’s almost ten years since I was converted.

Some converts find the Lord.

I on the other hand found Productivity!

People think I exaggerate when I speak about how my life changed. But as profound as a new found faith, my new found habit was earth shattering.

I found my Messiah and his name was David Allen!

Over the years I listened and applied, I changed and adapted. I failed and succeeded and then failed again. But somehow I always seemed to come out on top.

Of Late I’m frustrated. I can’t understand where my creativity is gone, why I’m not moving forward as quickly as I would like and I’ve put it down to two things.

Go Explain I will quote two King’s of Productivity

David Allen - Getting Things Done

“You can do anything but not everything”

David Allen

First thing’s first I’ve realised I’m doing too much. Having figured out how I can fit a lot into my life and being the type of person who never likes to sit idle I take on a lot. I find sometimes that the more I do, the more productive I get because I have to keep a tight schedule. Problem is when you are used to doing a lot and fitting a lot in, it’s easy to think you are invincible and try to do too much.


I lost my focus. Doing too much means you get nothing done as well as you would like to and your creative space is diminished. As a result of this what did I go and do? I do Productive.

Mike Vardy

“Stop doing productive and start being productive”

Mike Vardy

I went back to my apps and spent time sorting everything out. Then I tried out a few new apps that were recommended to me. Then I organised my existing systems a little more because they were obviously not doing their job keeping me focused!

So I spent a lot of time doing productive and not actually getting anything done.

Not being productive at all.

So today is a new day.

I stopped and I picked up a pen to write these words.

I stopped and I did a brainstorm of articles I would like to write.

I stopped and I asked myself the big question; What is the one thing I want to achieve before the end of this year?

The answer focused me, it alerted me to what needs to happen next.

So if you feel you are not making progress, what can you do to change that?

What one thing do you want to achieve before the end of 2014?
What could you do today to get you closer to that goal?
What could you do today that’s creative and would make you feel good?

Let me know if you do anything creative after reading this…..