Charlie: Let's see what's on the wires.
Joane: Why can't you wait for newspapers like everybody else?
Charlie: 'Cause I think it's productive to know today's news today. And it makes me one day smarter than you, which I enjoy as well.
Productive word used in land areas, like productive land means fertile lands which means farmer will get when he use that land. but context is about newspaper & information stuff.