This Rands in Repose post is likely to be the most honest thing I have ever read about productivity of managers like me. It’s also one of the best pieces I’ve read about productivity recently as it reflects more than it gives you bogus tips.
As a frequent occupant of the Faux-Zone, I can attest to its fake productive deliciousness. There is actual value for me in ripping through to my to-do list. I am getting important things done. I am unblocking others. I am moving an important piece of information from Point A to Point B. I am crossing this item off… just so. Yum. However, while essential to getting things done, the Faux-Zone is not a replacement for the actual Zone, and no matter how many meetings I have or how many to-dos are crossed off… just so… the sensation that I am truly being productive, that I am building a thing, is false.
Very rarely do I ever enter the real Zone and I have been looking for explanations all along. Rands just hits the nail on it’s head with his assessment and I truly believe there is no other option than accepting your job for what it is. While there are some opportunities to get into the Zone as a manager, you are more likely to reach it outside your day job like I do when I write for my blog or work on my ebook.
Ultimately it is a choice you make and you can chose to accept and enjoy your job in an increasingly frantic business environment, particular true for the tech industry, which is full of false realities or you can chose to quit and do something else. Rands has come to accept the situation and enjoy the ride — obviously after some intensive reflection — and I am very much following his way.