For all the hacks and systems, productivity really boils down to one simple rule.
Sometimes what holds us back most is the rules of the game, especially the rules we created.
Just because you can do something once in a while doesn’t mean you can, or should, expect to do it all the time. Productivity is personal, and you must understand your rhythms and what is sustainable for you.
Our rational minds understand that worthiness is inherent in being. Unfortunately, our rational minds don’t run the show. We live and love by our rules.
Absolute freedom — no rules at all — is anarchy. Typically what we want is the feeling that we can break the rules. That requires that we have rules in the first place.
Structure and freedom may feel like opposites, but one is necessary for the other. This is a pattern that repeats in every dimension of life. Structure creates freedom.
Are you a rebel at heart who yearns to break free of the status quo and cultural expectations, but still find yourself struggling to extract from pressure to do things the “right” way? Here is the permission you seek to make your own rules.