Peter Drucker says, “There is nothing so useless as doing efficiently that which should not be done at all.”
If you are the type of person that Drucker’s advice strikes a chord with, it’s also likely that you’re susceptible to getting overly concerned with productivity, schedules, and goal measurement, etc.
But, it’s worth noting that Drucker’s advice is productivity advice.
It’s great for business and getting stuff done but it can be worrying if it governs how you live your life.
With this mentality at its extreme, it requires you to make a decision before you do anything; “should this be done at all?”
Which requires you to think about your goals and put whatever it is you’re thinking of doing into that perspective.
This is great when you’re setting your schedule, but this doesn’t make for a very fun or spontaneous life.
If you go through the full process of thought regarding the decision and exactly how it moves you towards your goals, whether directly or indirectly, it’s a huge amount of extra thought for something that can be much simpler.
Sometimes, if you want to do something, just do it.
You don’t have to think about the entirety of productivity and effectiveness all the time.
It makes for a very boring life.