Investing in Productivity

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I woke up today super excited and confident that today is going to be a good day.  Not because I actually have something concrete on the agenda, but because it’s the first day I’m really seeing the impact of a long overdue investment.

Last week, I broke down and bought a new laptop.  I’m sure that may seem like something super basic and a fundamental investment for anybody who takes their career seriously, but it was hard for me to do.  I haven’t bought a new laptop in almost ten years and had gotten so used to “making it work” that it almost never occurred to me that my old one could be holding me back.

For the past year, I have been very unhappy with my productivity. It took me a while to figure out why I wasn’t getting things done at my usual pace, but I eventually found out that there were two main problems: 1) I wasn’t writing as much and 2) I had taken on too many projects.

The problem writing was one that I couldn’t figure out for a while.  I’ve had so many ideas in my head but for some reason could never get the time to write them down. It seemed like whenever i started writing, I stopped just as quickly and never finished.  Eventually I realized that my problem had nothing to do with my creativity or what I wanted to write about, but about the tools I was trying to write with.  My laptop, which had previously been the best asset in my arsenal, was now a liability.  Writing for more than 10-20 minutes usually meant that it would start overheating and the fan would come on and never go off.  I bought a fan for it, but that didn’t work.  It would do the same thing when I surfed the web for more than ten or twenty minutes. It was never powerful enough to edit video on or create music on, and this stopped me from being productive while I was traveling. The only thing it’s really good for was live shows, which required very little processing power.

Last week I decided I’d had enough.  And even though I certainly didn’t want to spend the bread on a new laptop, I had to do it.  Why?  Because it’s an investment in productivity.  And for somebody like me, greater productivity means greater success.  The more productive I am, the more things I can create.  The more things I create, the more things I can release.  The more things I release, the more I earn.  The more I earn, the more I can reinvest into myself.  It’s something I’ve always known, but I lost track of it because I was so busy trying to save money and do more with less.

There’s a big difference between buying things that you want and buying things as an investment in yourself. Investing in productivity is an investment in yourself, especially if it’s something that ensures you do your job better.  In a world where simply showing up and being productive automatically puts us ahead of so much of our competition, have the proper tools is a must.

And that’s why today is a great day.  I’m back to writing again.  And finally have a tool that will allow me to be as productive as possible. I think you will notice a big difference from this point forward.

Word is Blog.

p.s. Have you recently invested in your own productivity? If so, let me know how you did and what the effect was in the comment section.


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    • Nathan Possum

      Investing in a more powerful laptop as I’m taking on more video projects. The old 2010 plastic bodied Mac just isn’t cutting it anymore haha

    • printmatic

      That’s dope. I’ve officially had to retire the white macbook. Got a suped-up macbook pro now and I’m loving it.

    • Nathan Possum

      Yeah mine has gotten to the point where it can’t even handle most HD footage. Just waiting on the tax return check and doing the same. Suped up MacBook with more power than needed currently

    • Bruce AllOne Pandolfo

      Too funny I just decided to do this after I’ve been carrying around a 10lb 2007 toshiba satellite on tour and such! Now that I’m going to start doing more video content, I need an overhaul… Early Christmas present! Love those mornings when you know the vibe is good and you’re ready to win the day, hope it was indeed fulfilling and productive!

    • printmatic

      I know exactly how you feel about the video editing. Being unable to edit video on my laptop last year on tour was one of the points that really set me back. I had a project that was moving along super-fast up until I left for tour. Copied all the files onto my laptop and found out quick that it couldn’t even play a single clip. I was salty! Pushed the entire project back but now I’m back in the game.

    • printmatic

      Hit exact same wall w/ HD footage. I think it was easier to edit video on my iPhone than on my laptop lol

    • Nathan Possum

      All too familiar lol. I actually said to someone the other day that it was crazy my phone had more processing power than my laptop. The OS not being able to be updated anymore doesn’t help either

    • Bruce AllOne Pandolfo

      Wow, that sounds like you were in quick a time-wasting rut, glad to hear you’re back at it and eager to hear and see what you’ve been up to given your newly settled/technologically capable situation! Luckily I’m doing the same. By the way, been indulging more in the Super Duty Tough Work podcast, really enjoying it both for the production value, the insightful wisdom and casual sense of humor. Keep it up!