Can You Learn to be Productive from Books?


[illustration via Giulia Neri] What does being productive mean to you? The idea of productiveness traces back to 1727. It predates the Industrial Revolution when the quality of being productive of 1809, turns into “rate of output per unit” in 1899.# Literally, productivity focuses on getting the maximum production per worker or unit of machine per minute, hour, day, or week, etc. If you’re curious about how culture fits into it, I wrote an article about why productivity is such a big deal. But think about how you feel when you say to yourself, “that was a productive day!” There’s…

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