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Where Did My Productivity Go?

I recently returned home after visiting my parents. Strangely enough, I was actually more productive while on vacation at their house than I am back at home.

Someone explain that one to me…

The evidence shows in this blog and in my numbers with Camp NaNo. I’m still 3k+ words behind, and my laptop has spent most of its time in the computer bag rather than open. (That’s really the problem – I don’t have a computer desk here. Well, that and the fact that my nights and days are completely out of sync. Going to bed at 3 or 4 am is not conducive to productivity.)

While procrastinating once again on my Camp NaNo stats, I stumbled upon an article by Kristen Lamb that resonated well with me and my current predicament. Perhaps you will enjoy it too.

Here is a snippet:

I hear all the time that “motivational stuff” is crap, that cheerleading is useless, that all those books and speeches are there simply to take our money. What is success? Well, I don’t believe that success is worth giving up everything. Life and love are more important than being the best. And, to an extent I will agree.

Motivational Stuff is Crap

I don’t know about you guys, but I love The Container Store. Every year I set my New Year’s Resolution and it always…always includes this phrase. “Be more organized.” This morning I was hunting for the cat food. I’d apparently hidden it from myself. In the bottom of my pantry I spotted one of those white-board weekly organizers…still in the WRAP.

*hides head in shame*

Exactly how well is that weekly organizer working for me tucked in the back of a pantry? Yes, The Container Store really does exist simply to take my money. They aren’t going to do a home visit and make sure I actually hung that calendar on my WALL. It is not their responsibility to make sure I applied that product for its intended purpose.

Same with motivational stuff.

Read the rest at: Is “Motivation” Useless? Are “Opportunities” Overrated? | Kristen Lamb’s Blog.

I’m the same way about the Container Store & organizational tools.

Your Turn:

How productive have you been lately? How do you keep yourself motivated? Do you think organizational tools are helpful or just distracting from a bigger problem?

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2 thoughts on “Where Did My Productivity Go?

  1. When I sit down and really think about it, I can’t honestly define ‘productivity’ as immediately producing a tangible thing. Particularly in terms of writing — sometimes in order to write a successful piece days of reading, note taking and deep thought are required. In that respect, I have been incredibly productive in the past two weeks. I’m easing myself into a routine of research, leisurely reading, journaling, making blog posts, and writing small fictions for Brigit’s Flame. On the surface this might appear to an outsider as me just lollygagging within the safe proximity of my computer desk rather than actually being a productive human being. Bah. I’m investing in the future.

    One of these days I’ll be able to defeat the possibilities of distraction and completely avoid facebook, TV, and other junk until maybe one small half hour per day. Maybe. In the meantime I won’t fight too hard against “motivational crap” … sometimes I get my best ideas and weeks’ worth of inspiration from diddling with an organizational tool or playing a writing game. Like anything else, these motivational tools and exercises can become distractions (or clutter in the corner), but overall I really can’t complain or resort to turning my back on the obvious positive influence of either.

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