In short, the productivity catalyst is something (e.g. ritual, environment) that pushes you to get stuff done.
For me, that something is typically the train. I get all my blogging done on the train every morning. For me, the train signals go, an opportunity to dump my thinking on screen.
I usually like to drink a bit of coffee and meditate before I write, blending calmness and caffeine. I sometimes get a walk in too, deliberately skipping the shuttle.
Walking though is quickly becoming my favorite medicine of all; mixing fresh air and a rhythm of movement that relaxes the mind.
Often times Ill fall asleep in a middle of writing a post but finish it with time to spare. I know that when entering the Grand Central tunnel I’ve got about 8 minutes to publish. A deadline is the best way to expedite a task.
Your productivity catalyst should be motivating and relaxing, like stretching your muscles before a run. Quality of preparation is equal to quality of output.