The EADA System for Joyful Productivity

Eliminate, Automate, Delegate, Appreciate.

Not everything on your to-do list is meant to be done by you.


The fact that you are reading about productivity means that you’re more conscientious than most people. You tend to carry a lot on your shoulders.


Machines and software are getting increasingly more capable. Almost all of our “work” will become automated eventually. Studies are showing that huge swaths of human industry will be taken over by robotics and artificial intelligence.

  • Instead of manual data entry, I use Zapier.
  • Instead of manually moving newsletters into “read later”, I use gmail’s filters.


If there’s no available technology to automate your recurring tasks that don’t pass your Enjoy/Expert/Effect filter, it’s time to hire someone to do it for you, if you have the budget.

  1. Once you’ve determined tasks that are truly productive to outsource, then hire quickly… don’t get bogged down by trying to pick the perfect person. It’s almost impossible to know in advance, unless they have consistently bad reviews. I’ve worked with some of the best freelancers who had no reviews, so don’t be afraid to give someone new a try. Hire quickly, but here’s the next key:
  2. Give a small task first, and if they do well, a slightly bigger task, and then increase your trust in them in that way.
  3. If at any point (including the small task) there’s a doubt in your mind they’re the right person, it’s best to quickly end the contract/project with them as appropriate, and go onto trying the next freelancer. This is why you should try out a small task with them first.
  4. Often, for an important project, I will hire several freelancers to do the same small task, to see which one I’ll give the next bigger task to.


Another way of filtering out things you really shouldn’t be doing is to ask:

Authentic Business Coach & Author of 4 Books including "Authentic Content Marketing" and "Joyful Productivity"