Fiendish Friday: Productivity

I had multiple people ask me this week how I find time to do what I do. I had no answer for them. I don’t know how I find time to to do what I do. I often feel guilty I haven’t accomplished more. It seems to me there are plenty of hours available in the day. And it only makes sense to allocate them to projects that need my attention.

I am only guessing, but I know for some people, “I only have x time” is a real hang up. If I only have 15 minutes until I need to get in the shower to get ready to go somewhere and the kiddo is busy, I’ll spend 15 minutes bashing tile off the wall in the bathroom I am renovating. Or prepping dinner 8 hours before I plan to serve it so I can free up extra time later. I’m kind of compulsive that way.

Part of what helps me is tracking my time for a few days. Generally when I start feeling less productive, I will track everything I do for 3 days and see where my time is going. It might be that I’ve fallen into a bad social media habit or gotten obsessed with a new time wasting game. Sometimes I find I am actually spending my time where I need to be – my feelings just don’t align with reality. Sort of like that guilt I feel for not doing quite everything under the sun(rain) possible.

The concrete, written record of what I do do forces my negative nellie to stuff it. That little internal me who says you really could have done so much more today, this week, this month, this year. She has to shut it. Because there it is in black and white. I do a metric f**k ton of work on a daily basis. LOL.

What do you do when you start doubting your own productivity?


6 thoughts on “Fiendish Friday: Productivity

  1. I document as well. But for me, it’s the opposite that I worry about. Am I getting enough physical, mental and emotional rest? Am I spending enough down time with my hubby? When I get obsessive with my writing, I have to schedule in some down time. I don’t call it ‘me’ time since writing feels like ‘me’ time. You work harder than anyone I know. Perhaps it might help the feeling of productivity to put relax on your schedule too?

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  2. I got an app called Grid Diary, where you can either set your own questions for each grid or choose from a list. Every day I make a list of at least three things I want to accomplish in one grid, and then add a ✅ or a ❌ mark to them at the end of the day. (Or 〰️ if it had to be put off due to circumstances outside my control.) I also have a grid for listing at least three things I’m grateful for and another for listing things I want to accomplish tomorrow.

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