Work Faster Not Smarter

Faster is more productive because it is a multiplier on tasks you spend a lot of time doing (thinking, writing, typing, debugging).

Being faster takes practice and most people don’t try to improve.

The way to be efficient in many problems is to be smarter. Counter-intuitively, being faster helps you learn faster and have better thoughts.

Read Some reasons to work on productivity and velocity From Dan Luu.

See also:

  • Productivity Is Bounded by Decision Making

    At a certain point, optimizing productivity becomes optimizing for speed of decision making. After all the tools, shortcuts, and hacks, that build up raw speed to get tasks done, you’re left with the cognitive load of decision making. That email you received? It’s a decision disguised as a reply. That Slack message that remains unread? You’re procrastinating because a decision needs to be made that you don’t want to confront.

  • Moving Quickly Lowers Activation Energy

    Speed matters because it lowers the activation energy needed to start a task. If tasks feel quick, the perceived cost of doing it is lower and you are more likely to do it. Conversely, if tasks feel like a slog, you are much less likely to do it because the perceived cost will feel higher.