The Periodic Table of Productivity — Feel-Good Productivity Book on a Page

Obsidian Observer
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2 min readJan 2, 2024


A new video by Zsolt Viczián speaks about the unique book by Ali Abdaal about productivity, portrayed as the Periodic Table of Productivity.

Zsolt and his Book in a page summary

This format of book review and summary is inimitable and provides a refreshing way to assimilate a book’s content. The video offers a comprehensive overview of the book, breaking down various segments in easy-to-understand and digestible parts.

This is well worth watching! (Link down below)

Zsolt begins by acknowledging his initial skepticism towards yet another book on productivity, and frankly, I share that skepticism with him.

However, Zsolt found himself drawn to Ali’s philosophy, which revolves around ‘Feel-Good Productivity’. This concept is about injecting playfulness into activities and work, making tasks more enjoyable while enhancing productivity.

Ali’s concept of “Feel-Good Productivity” is divided into three parts, or “pillars.” Furthermore, each of these pillars is explained through three principles, and each principle is broken down into three strategies, with each strategy accompanied by productivity-enhancing experiments. Sound like a lot? Thankfully Zsolt unpacks the big picture for us.

In conclusion, Zsolt underlines the significance of adopting an approach to productivity that encourages viewing work and life playfully. He invites viewers to explore and experiment with the principles and strategies suggested in the book.

Overall, the video does an exceptional job of summarizing the book ‘The Periodic Table of Productivity’ engagingly and innovatively while showcasing the importance of adopting a playful yet practical approach to maximizing productivity.

Make sure to add viewing Zsolt’s book on a page summary to your to-do list.

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