On my mind

Productivity and knowledge work

5 March 2024

Adam Grant’s podcast episode with Cal Newport has me rethinking productivity (see also In My Ears). After listening to Grant and Newport discuss how knowledge work has upended the long-standing definition of productivity, I found myself wondering, “Is indexing knowledge work?”

My first inclination is that indexing cannot be classified in this way. After all, as an indexer, I am working in a closed information system – the book in front of me.

But is the answer more nuanced than that? Perhaps.

I think I will follow the urge to explore the research on knowledge work to see if my first inclination is valid. And maybe I’ll share any insights in the near future.