The main reason why productivity matters
June 9, 2012
I am very interested in the topic of productivity – I like learning about and testing new ways of getting stuff done faster.
But why is it worth spending time trying to get more productive?
Is it because high productivity can lead to wealth and professional success? Well, it can, but that’s not the main reason.
Is it because society as a whole benefits if its citizens are productive? Well, it does, but that’s not the main reason either.
In my opinion, the main reason why productivity matters has to do with the fact that we have a limited amount of time to spend in our lives.
Waiting is risky
Because our time is limited, it is important to act fast — to do stuff sooner rather than later.
The opposite — putting stuff off, waiting and procrastinating — is risky. A person may have a golden opportunity today only to become sick tomorrow and see the opportunity vanish.
It’s also important to remember that opportunities often are temporary in nature. Often, an opportunity is present for a certain amount of time and then it disappears. Sales leads become cold over time. Job openings become closed. Personal relationships can easily wither if they are not maintained over time. As the years go by, certain career paths become harder to take.
Seizing the opportunities
Since many opportunities disappear over time, the best response to an interesting opportunity is often to act on it fast.
Since it is important to act fast, it is also important to be as productive as possible, given one’s circumstances. By increasing our productivity, we can do more things in a given amount of time.
A person who is committed to being as productive as possible increases his/her chances of seizing the opportunities that present themselves.
That is, in my opinion, the main reason why productivity matters.