by Matt Brennan

Minimum Viable Productivity

You’ve been there. The crushing weight of your to-do list. The Twitter → Facebook → Reddit loop. The existential despair.

Ask yourself:

What’s the least I can do to be productive?

- You

Well?

Whittle down your inbox? Great. Do it.

Wash up that one pot that’s taking up the entire worksurface? It’s not even that dirty.

Pump your bike tyres up? Reply to that bug report? Commit a one-line fix? Easy.

Suddenly, everything seems not so bad after all. Everything flows that bit easier. It’s like the foot-in-the-door sales technique, except for good not evil.