Getting mean just means being strict and firm about it. It means setting boundaries, setting the right tasks, enforcing what you have to do and not letting yourself or anyone else walk all over your priorities. It’s not fun, and it’s not super inspiring, because hard work never really is.
I think being productive is this weird idea we’ve all consumed, that real entrepreneurs and writers and creatives have to be living these insane lives with no time wasted and nothing falling through the cracks. It’s just not true. To my mind, being productive just means getting-the-shit-done-that-must-be-done. GSD-MBD.