The One Thing Everyone Should Know About Productivity Systems

An article I recently read, What You Should Know Before Starting GTD, brought home an interesting point. I’ve been playing with productivity systems long enough to realize that there is no magic bullet. The one working part in any productivity system is the one who does the work…you.

The article underscores that GTD, while being a good system and a very hot topic right now, does take effort to implement. There are lists to be maintained and reviewed. You must think about projects and decide what next actions are. The system must be kept up to date and reviewed frequently.

What’s the underlying theme, and the one thing everyone should know about productivity systems?

Every productivity system requires effort. There is no system out there that will eliminate your need to think about what needs to be done, or for that matter, actually do the things that need to be done.