I read a lot of books that others might consider boring.
I love non-fiction. I love distilling wisdom from multiple areas to see how it connects back to mental health and to living a better life.
And I’ve been re-reading a management book lately call High Output Management.
(Don’t worry, I’m not going to recommend you read it and take a test about it.)
But I think it’s actually fascinating to think about how a book by a former Intel CEO / engineer could apply to mental health. And what the author, Andy Grove, writes about over and over is the idea of output. He defines it and gives examples. He talks about how managers’ output is the sum of their output plus the output of all the people they manage.
But what is output? And why does it matter for mental health?
Well, thinking about output makes you step back and consider what you are producing in life. What are your key tasks, and what actually results from those task?
Especially now, when life is in flux for many people, it’s important to step back and honestly assess what kind of output you’re producting.
I’ll give you an output example. These issues I send you three times a week are one form of output for me. Three high-quality issues. If I don’t write three issues, then I didn’t do what I was supposed to do.
But what if I only spent my time tweeting or posting on Facebook? That could be considered output, but it wouldn’t be the right output for me. It wouldn’t make me as happy, and it wouldn’t be as valuable for the people who truly care about mental health information. You signed up for this list for a reason, and you are expecting to see results from your decision.
The people I happen to connect with on Facebook or Twitter didn’t explicitly ask for the information I give them.
We’ll all be happiest if I deliver on my promise to produce the right output for the right people.