I’ve been thinking about “pornographic” productivity for a long time. Basically, productivity becomes pornographic when the idea that we do it, will carry more weight than actually achieving what the goal or value aims for.
I’ve seen it several times in youtube videos about notion and other tools, where everyone had a beautiful, meticulously crafted, multi-colored task page, with color tags and dates for each task. So it takes 10 minutes a day to only fill it up.
A productive tool is supposed to help me do less things than I would normally do, with the same outcome.
In obsidian, it is also super easy to fall into that fake productivity trap. First of all, I really do love obsidian, and the whole LYT paradigm. I have about 1500 notes in vault, so I spent a really long time only formatting those notes, organizing them, playing with plugins and themes, …
I think it’s just some form of procrastination, where instead of learning or trying to understand something difficult, I just spent more time formatting, splitting and linking those notes. Because I felt like I was doing something useful, and it was easier to do. Furthermore, is it even a bad thing?
I wonder how to spot that you are just procrastinating while using obsidian, instead of really thinking and learning with obsidian.
So many great inventions and breakthroughs in the past were made without obsidian, without internet. And even today, a lot of smart people don’t use any knowledge management tools, and yet they are able to produce brilliant thoughts and ideas with just paper… and their brain. That makes me think that you can organize knowledge, but knowledge has to exist first. It has to come from you. And no plugin will help with that.
what do you think?