For years I’ve hopped from one productivity system to another:
- Seinfeld Chains
- Final Version
- The One Thing
- Weighted random sampling
- and many, many more
I even designed my own productivity software. “HabitShaper”, which is now abandonded. And “Stride”, a task manager based on how CPU’s juggle and complete tasks, which *ahem* I never completed.
All this leap-frogging has just been perfectionism, of course. I know that more important than which system I choose is whether I stick to any system long enough to see the benefits. Seneca said it best:
“Nothing hinders a cure so much as frequent changes of treatment; a wound will not heal over if it is being made the subject of experiments with different ointments; a plant which is frequently moved never grows strong. Nothing is so useful that it can be of any service in the mere passing.”
— Seneca, Letter II, “Letters from a Stoic” (c. 65 AD)
But how bad has it been for me, really?
Well, I recently found my New Year’s resolutions from when I turned 15: