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Do you know what Productivity porn is? We tell you everything you need to know!

“Have we gone crazy yet?”, this is a question that comes to mind very often these days. Indeed speed and excess is what characterizes the present time we live in. Constant and pressing stimuli that lead to viral videos, fake news and extravagant coach appointments that lead nowhere. Vanity and emptiness are for sale, even when it comes to productivity tips. “Do you know Productivity porn?”, this is another question, not as conventional but as relevant as the previous one, at least if you have fallen into its disturbing clutches.

To this day, we know that if you have managed to get to work, already a milestone, you will do so for an average of at least 90,000 hours in your life. That’s about ten years of consecutive work. Discouraging but true. So it is normal that, aware of the subject, you try to make the most of the time you spend at work. However, our desire for it has gone so far and in such a macabre way that, as always, it has ended up taking its toll on us. That harmful addiction to productivity, productivity, productivity and productivity at work has been renamed “Productivity porn”. A more stale and abominable “porn” than the “porn” we are used to.

Some obvious characteristics and signs of the so-called Productivity porn:

  1. Productivity porn is often noted for its unrealistic demands, “If you want to achieve maximum productivity, get up at 5 in the morning and check out your entire mailbox, social networks and what the commercial postman brought before 6″ “Do you only have one planner? Go get several! In paperback as well as digital and online and fill them in with a succession of hours and perfectly delimited work blocks so that there is total evidence of the 15 minutes and 40 seconds of the rest for beer and tacos that you deserve once a week.”. Because Productivity porn is like that, consider that you are an indefatigable robot, perfectly designed to advance in your work and in your life or die in the exhausting attempt.
  2. Even less realistic results. One can fan that flame: “Do not be yourself, be the best version of yourself, be the TOP of yourself, Leonardo Da Vinci and Cristiano Ronaldo, together, of yourself.”. But what Productivity porn does is try to capture and brainwash you into being a completely different person than you really are. Changing your personality so that it is replaced by a computer program, and also promises you that this transformation will take place from one day to the next. Like the diets of the telemarketing.
  3.  There is always a guru. Perhaps this is the greatest of the signs that Productivity porn presents. A god among men, who floats above them radiating a halo of light and who expresses with all his being an aura of “Admire me, I know the way (for everything) in this life”. Many times you will recognize him for appearing in the ads of your favorite videos on YouTube, others for his pedantic demagogy. In any case, his physical and psychological attractiveness is one of the greatest assets of Productivity porn.

It is very true that, as experts in the field, they will have achieved results sometimes, but it is very naive on our part, and misleading on their part, to believe that there is a definitive recipe, that if it is followed carefully, it could work miracles, to turn any of us into a profitable machine and harvester of successes, with the results that we hope to achieve at our feet in the blink of an eye.

If you’ve ever come across any of these striking features, you’ve likely been in front of the toxic tóxico Productivity porn. I’m sure right now you would know how to identify it among other realistic and evidence-based productivity strategies. Cool, it is important to be aware that applying Productivity porn can be harmful.

But why do we fall prey to Productivity porn?

If it smells rancid a mile away, why the hell are these unrealistic productivity plans so appealing to us? I already told you, Productivity porn points directly to our little heart, to that part that likes to have illusions.

And it is that positive thinking is usually synonymous with productivity, but fantasizing and constantly having our heads in the clouds, with our unlikely desires, takes us out of the most palpable and decisive reality. We plunge into a whirlwind of fantasy, based on dreams instead of facts, and we end up setting goals that, at first, can never be achieved. Bad things for true productivity.

And, surely, Productivity porn and its presumptuous and unreal routines do not help. Both planning, and reading excessively on how to plan, is an obvious sign of procrastination, also typical of Productivity porn, which takes us away from what we really should be doing: focus and work on our purposes.

We need more confidence and performance and less to have the false sense of work that planning too far in advance and in the long term gives us.

Spending the afternoon watching videos on YouTube about how this diet is going to get rid of that belly is much more comfortable than going down to the street immediately to exercise. ¡Focus!

Product tips of the day

We have already seen what it is and why we fall into this nervous breakdown that is Productivity porn, now we better see some tips about real productivity. Something that helps you move forward and focus, but not like a locomotive with an inexhaustible battery, rather like a capable and persevering being who wants to make their day to day something useful.

  1. Accept your limitations.. The sooner you stop thinking of yourself as a Superman who endures and can do everything, the better. Consider yourself a Batman, he also has bad days and also gets tired of battling the Joker. Do not take your work home with you, do not corrupt your family life, love life, friendships or hobbies with it. You will come back with more enthusiasm if you leave your work apart from your private life.
  2. Avoid spending the day looking for tips and secret formulas to save time in your life or in your work, and guess what, you will save precious time in your life and in your work.
  3.  If you install a new productivity strategy in your routine, give it time to work. It needs that, perseverance, diligence and discipline to master it. Do not go crazy because at the very beginning you have not achieved a world productivity record, give yourself time.
  4.  When you know that something works, keep it and do not change it, at least without prior analysis, by another type of strategy that you have been promised works better. Go at your own pace and if it works, don’t mess it up. Better productivity in hand than two in the bush.

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