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    • dukie411 months ago

      Any time you’re doing something that feels productive but doesn’t directly impact your most important goal, you’re being fauxductive. That includes bingeing on just in case knowledge, as well as checking email, reading the news, trying productivity tools, organizing your desktop, etc.

    • danielw11 months ago

      If it doesn’t answer a specific question you’re currently asking, cover philosophical knowledge, or entertain you, then don’t read it.

      I really like this article and I think there are a number of very insightful points here. But after thinking about it for a while I have come to the conclusion that there is a missing piece.

      There is knowledge with regards to your industry that is necessary to keep up to date with and that requires reading things that do not necessarily fit the guidelines above.

      Let's take for example some news that came out a day or two ago. The FAA announced yesterday that it is requiring drones to be broadcasting a remote ID. This is an article that popped up in one of my feeds yesterday. Now, assume I am a manufacturer of drones or have a store that sells drones or sell ID broadcasting technology or am building a delivery service that uses drones. Staying on top of this type of information would be important to me. But it doesn't answer a specific question I am currently asking because it's not something I was even aware was happening until I saw it pop up into my feed. It's not something I enjoy or philosophy either. But it's knowledge that I should know and be on top of that's happening in my industry.

      So where does keeping on top of intelligence in your field of work fit?

      I still think this article is incredibly insightful and I will continue thinking about how I consume information and how to be more productive about it. But I think there is a missing piece here that won't allow me to just shut off all newsletters and Twitter feeds.

      • entotto11 months ago

        Perhaps the philosophy filter can be reframed as "If it doesn't cover rules and principles of the world."

    • bartadamley1 year ago

      Practical advice for our increasingly information-saturated age.

    • chrissetiana
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      11 months ago

      “Fauxductivity”

      So guilty of this 😣

      • Darko11 months ago

        saaaame

    • danielw11 months ago

      Excellent. Well worth the read.

    • normanbae11 months ago

      I needed this. As the lockdown went on, I started reading more and more to make sure I was being "productive enough" with all my new free time. It's since become busywork. Starting now, I begin reading "just in time".