Productivity. It’s a funny thing, you know? Especially thinking about it in our 21st century terms, when we use gadgets - like smartphones - to supposedly simplify our lives to save time.
I love – and would say that I’m addicted to – my iPhone. Being able to listen to a podcast while traveling on the subway? Great! On days when I don’t want to carry whichever book I’m currently reading, I’ll definitely zone out and listen to a podcast while heading to work. I get to where I’m going and l get to hear a favorite radio show and learn something new. Win-win. Yes, I’m multi-tasking, but to me it doesn’t feel extreme.
As much I feel like my iPhone saves me time, it makes me lose time too, for sure. Like when I wake up and start checking my email, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest…I don’t mean to, but it often happens, and precious spans of time go by. I hate it, every time, but don’t quite know how to improve it. For now I’m just going with it, knowing that I don’t have much free time these days, so it’s mostly used up with cooking, baking, reading, wedding planning, and spending time with Josh and Maple.
Productivity is also all about finding what works best for you. Have you seen this video? No, it’s not rocket science, but it got me thinking more about when I’m best apt to get certain jobs or tasks done within the framework of a day. This post is great too.
My parents will probably laugh at this a bit, but I do consider myself a morning person. Not that I’m wide awake and ready to go at 5am, but my mind is the most sharp in the morning hours, making that the best time of day to do higher level thinking tasks. Things like washing dishes or running errands? Much better for me to save those for the late afternoon or evening.
Every day I’m learning. Back in Vermont I would often do the dishes first thing because I loved clearing the clutter from the night before. Now I’m trying to get the dishes done at night before I go to sleep.
For the last couple of weeks Josh and I have been on very different work schedules. I often have to get up early; he often works late. Because of this, our sleep patterns are quite different on our days off too. (Though I do have lots of Vermont memories of rising before Josh and making myself some tea and reading or writing in the living room, taking in the morning sunshine.)
So this morning, waking up around 7:30am, and knowing I definitely wasn’t falling back to sleep, I did some of the usual – took Maple for a walk, made her food, made a cup of tea and breakfast for myself. And then I pulled out my laptop, and started writing. Writing emails, writing things to do, writing a budget, writing this post.
And I feel accomplished, even on a day off. And as the day goes on and my mind eases into a slower pace, I’ll know that I’ve gotten some bigger tasks done.