“Stressing output is the key to improving productivity,
while looking to increase activity can result in just the opposite.”
— Paul Gauguin
Confusing activity with results again. Sometimes I feel as if I’m so busy that I become curious what I am actually accomplishing, and more important than this is whether or not what I am accomplishing or trying to accomplish is worth doing.
The problem I have is that even though I love ‘To Do’ lists, I have a tendency to fill them up with things to do and they don’t all need to get done–especially by me! Or, they are not so important as other things on the list and I end up doing more of the unimportant ones than the important ones because they are easy, or more interesting, or I’m ready to do that, and so on.
But, what I need to do is to release so much activity and focus on a few key things to accomplish or at the very least move forward, and do them, allowing the other things to languish if needed.
How often I have said aloud and privately that I wish there were more hours in the day and more energy to make use of them. That’s not very realistic, so I’m left with making the time and energy I have to be used more effectively.
And, here’s something interesting. . . many times, taking a break, doing something physical, working out, going for a walk, playing with the dogs, calling a friend, or some other very interesting and invigorating activity that isn’t normally thought of in the word productivity is actually very productive because it is like a quick renewal. At the same time, and this is more important, those make the day worthwhile, and do not need to consume a whole day, but can be very fruitful as a pleasant distraction from work.
Less Is Very Often More.
Spread Some Joy Today–Forgiveness is releasing and letting go. It is also very selfishly joyous. I love that forgiveness benefits me more than anyone, don’t you?