The productivity we seek

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I expected to get nothing done today. It’s Tuesday, I had a doctor’s appointment this morning, and it lasted the entire hour. Just a check-up, nothing to worry about. And then Sofie had gymnastics. I had no time to work out in the morning, and I thought to myself, “today is a day nothing will get done.”

Oh how very wrong I was. I woke up later than I should have but still managed to find time to write three journal pages, make the beds, help get the kids ready for school, and ready myself to get out the door at the same time. I read more than 20 pages of my book (a challenge, usually, but today I somehow managed) while I was in the waiting room at the doctor’s office.

I worked out for 40 minutes when I got home, had a coffee, got Sofie to gymnastics, and did probably 75% of the work I needed to do for a client’s website I’m designing, and when I came home, I managed to have tea, sit down and deal with technical issues on my computer and write this post. It’s only 4 pm, and out of all the days to be productive, today I got more done than any of the others.

Sometimes, I think that when we seek productivity or when we think about how much we aren’t getting done, we end up spending more time with anxiety than actually working. And when we’ve decided just to do what we can, we end up achieving more than we thought possible. Inserting little moments of work here and there, throughout the day, gave me a way to get more done than I do when I am at home all day. And maybe I also had the benefit of not being distracted. Being out of the house helped me to leave the worries of laundry and cleaning aside and to just do what I needed to get done for myself.

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