I Didn't Do The Thing Today: On letting go of productivity guilt

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I Didn't Do The Thing Today: On letting go of productivity guilt

I Didn't Do The Thing Today: On letting go of productivity guilt

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i'd meander through the book like you might do when hiking outdoors, letting your attention settle on whatever captures it. She learned there isn't a perfect recipe for getting things done, the ideal routine that maximizes every minute of the day is a myth, and constantly holding ourselves to unattainable daily standards is simply exhausting us. Occasionally I get an audiobook from the library in a futile attempt to restrict my book purchasing. A remarkable combination: part broadside against our culture of frenetic busyness, part consolation for the days when things don't go to plan. Even on days when we get a lot done, the thing left undone can leave us feeling guilty, anxious, or disappointed.

Through these platforms and by regularly conducting life experiments, Dore investigates how to live creatively and broaden the definition of a day well spent. She has contributed columns and features to Sunday Life, BBC WorkLife, ArtsHub, 99u, Womankind, Kill Your Darlings, The Design Files, ABC Life and more. Author Madeleine Fire talks about a lot of the "productivity hacks" people have embraced in the push to always be doing more, taking on more, and gives a lot of great reasons why it might be time to let those go and find rhythms and paces that work for us and allow us to build a full life instead of just a busy one.writing books is about offering perspective, news ways of seeing things and expanding our worldviews. It’s perfect for people like me, who are a little too driven, slightly OCD, and have some Catholic guilt! It was inspired by my conversation with a farmer who started his day with a dollop of clotted cream on his porridge. I listened to the audiobook while doing my daily “chores”, and that alone really boosted my productivity.

But if we are curious about the ordinary moments, if we tend to them, if we get the good out of every bit…what a life we will have created. The 103 third parties who use cookies on this service do so for their purposes of displaying and measuring personalized ads, generating audience insights, and developing and improving products. We don’t know where our decisions will lead, because we can only connect the dots once we’re looking back.It’s a spin on the “Eat the Frog” method popularized by author Brian Tracy, which suggests doing our most dreaded task first to get it out of the way.

It also took 10 chapters for her to acknowledge that capitalism plays a large part in why we might not have done the thing today, and only barely touched on the fact that many people with lesser means do not have the luxury of implementing a lot of the strategies that she talks about in this book, although that wasn't the kind of depth that I expected this book to get into, so perhaps that's an unfair assessment. I was picturing a more practical Laziness Does Not Exist, and while it gave those vibes, it did not live up to them. There's the work thing, the catch-up thing, the laundry thing, the creative thing, the exercise thing, the family thing, the thing we don't want to do, the thing we've been putting off (despite it being the most important thing).We can learn from conversations, the problems we need to solve, the risks we take, growing older, rejection, and from discovery. This has long been a topic I've felt strongly about- ask my husband how many times I've ranted about how toxic I feel this culture of busyness is- and I felt like I found a lot in here to apply to my life. Obviously the "pro-productivity" genre contains its share of gems, doozies, and lots in between as well. So many of these let go and let breathe pieces of advice are just kept in the abstract when what would also be useful is “here’s how you set the boundary even if you haven’t done it before start now…” glad I borrowed it from the library. A remarkable combination: part broadside against our culture of frenetic busyness, part consolation for the days when things don’t go to plan, it’s also the best kind of productivity manual, filled with guidance for actually getting around to more of the things that matter.

Even on days where we get a lot done, the thing left undone can leave us feeling guilty, anxious or disappointed. While this book wasn’t completely life-changing, it was a good read that did inspire me to shift my thinking on productivity.Perhaps instead of filling time, we can inspect whether what we fill it with creates a sense of fulfillment. Letting go of your productivity guilt and embracing the unexpected creative moments that each day brings you can broaden your definition of a day well spent, bringing deep connection and fulfillment to your daily life. the author is straight about what this book is, which is why i find reading introductions immensely important.



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