Alex Duloz, who was one of the brains behind The Pastry Box, asked me to participate in his 2017 project The Human In The Machine. He’s doing a look at productivity and how we handle it, with a post every day about productivity from a different author.
For my post, Preconditions, I thought about my daily routine and what things I do to set myself up for a productive day. Some of them are physical and environmental, like the way my desk is set up or how warmly-dressed I am. Others are about the work itself: is it ready to be worked? How do I know? The list goes on from there.
I don’t have any expectation that anyone else will use my process. More, it was nice to quantify the process I’m using and see it out on paper (well, electrons) so I could confirm it. And a little bit, writing it down helped me look at it and decide whether everything really was of value.