What makes someone productive

Really productive people often just have better heuristics, they make faster decisions and they reflect more. As a result, they try more things, learn faster and get more done.

They are able to translate an abstract idea like “we should collaborate on building a program” into a concrete set of action steps based on past trials and learnings. Therefore, they know to outline roles and responsibilities, create a vision and set the next meeting date.

The first time you see it, you may think that person is superhuman, but really they’ve just done this before. They’re constantly making decisions and judgments based on past experience and new information. It’s not about years experience, it’s about number of cycles and iterations.

More productivity, more cycles, more learning. It’s all exponential.