How productive are you feeling today?
This is a question that I ask myself at least twice a day, generally once in the afternoon and once at night as I am winding down to go to sleep. The answer is typically so-so.
But some days as I am about to lay down I get this feeling of guilt and depression when I realize that my to-do list is just there smiling at me looking the same way it did 12 hours ago.
Does this happen to you? Do you see how this can be a problem for those of us with a Type A personality? I even recently posted about it on Facebook because I feel that my moods are dependent on how productive I’ve been on that particular day. It’s like an obsession to make sure that I maximize every single minute of the day.
But measuring productivity is quite a tricky game because, let’s face it, life happens and on some days things will go completely off course – especially if you are a mom. We suddenly have to take our kids to the doctor, or do an errand that took longer than expected, or do some chores, or attend a school meeting, etc. Let’s remember that the word mom implies that we are the doers of all things.
Those of us who work from home also have a tendency to measure our time and our ‘productiveness’ the same way we did when we were working at the office and it is not the same. I have come to realize that there are many more distractions and things that need to get done when we are working from home so our time is now all of a sudden split between ten different things.
The solutions to the productivity dilemma; however, seem to be everywhere. This is a hot topic. There are new articles every day and dozens of apps that promise to help us manage our time correctly. And my answer to that is no thank you. I have enough with two kids, work and all of my social media accounts.
An advice that I did take which could also help you if you are in this same situation came from my friend and fellow blogger Helena from Pinkguayoyo.com. She told me to jot down at the end of the day the things that I did do, regardless if they were work-related or not, or if they were in my to-do list to begin with. This way I realize that I was productive and did get things done. It’s about changing the outlook from negative to positive.
I am adopting this practice from now on, as I am sure that it will help to reduce my late-night stress.
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