We’ve never been too far removed from much of the secrets to productivity.
In fact, the basis for many productivity principles today date back to the Roman Empire. It was Epictetus, a slave turned philosopher who was banished from Rome, who instructed:
“First say to yourself what you would be; and then do what you have to do.”
If we could get our mindset and behaviors to align, we would all be a lot more productive.
Yet, most of us—myself included—find ourselves daydreaming at our desk, seeking out distractions from colleagues or children and pets (shoutout to my remote workers), and even feeling like our daily tasks are disconnected from our greater life mission.
Why do we struggle so much with productivity?
Usually I assume Mercury is in retrograde or astrology is never on my side. So, since I didn’t have a valid answer for you, I turned to the experts.
Here are three books that explain our complex relationship with productivity and offer innovative approaches for the professional who wants to improve their focus.