We all want to be productive. To produce stuff with our creativity. We vary greatly in what we are creative at producing. That leads to 2 questions. First, are you being productive? Second, are you productive at lifting or moving things (labor) or at creating things (elaborated nature)? How do you know?
As a human being, you do two things. As a being made out of matter–having a physical body– you move matter around. We measure matter and its movement with calories, a unit of energy. As a creative being, you transform energy, from one form into another. You have an idea, which you can choose to transform into a process that becomes a new outcome, a different form of matter. We measure energy and its transformation with lumens, a unit of energy flow. Said another way, as a human being, you move energy around and you transform energy. One is measured in calories, the other in lumens.
Another way of saying this is that you are both moving things that already exist (labor) and you are adding your labor to what exists (eLABORated nature). There is a long history of thought around this. You can start with the labor theory of value.
When you are being productive at work, are you measuring (1) the calories of moving already-existing things around or (2) the lumens of transforming something with your creativity? Calories-equivalent measures tend to look at the monetized equivalents of inputs and outputs, like wages, hours worked, units produced, units moved. The inputs and outputs are often in the same units of measurement. They are usually expressed in the ecosynomic form of capacities and outcomes, also referred to as nouns. The already-finished. They all have a direct translation to material forms, often monetized. Lumens-equivalent measures tend to look at the energy put into changing of form, from possibility to probability, from idea to process to thing, from outcome to insight to new idea. The creative, evolutionary process. The inputs and impacts of that creative transformation are often in different units of measurement. They are usually expressed in the ecosynomic terms of (1) the development of new capacities and relationships, (2) the possibilities seen and manifested, and (3) the insights gained from observing what happened and evolving to new possibilities, processes, and forms.
If you are measuring the moving around of already-existing things, in calories equivalents, you are probably being productive in lifting-moving things (labor). If you a measuring the changing forms of energy, as ideas, processes, outcomes, and learning, you are probably being productive in creating things (elaborated nature). They are different processes, measured in different ways, adding different kinds of value. Which are you doing?