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Wednesday, July 08, 2009

I sort of feel like a pirate, taking over while my shipmates are away. Let's talk productivity. In today's world, it is so hard to "feel" productive when there's always more to be done. I'm having a terrible time with this rewrite because I've seen it so many times. Michael Jackson's death, and his desire to always top "Thriller" makes me realize there is a level of perfectionism that stops us from being productive.

We get so caught up in the results, that we can't fully be in the process and ultimately, as Christians, we know that God has the outcome in His hands. We should do our utmost for His Highest, but also not get so caught up in our part that we fail to finish what we've started.

My plan right now is to set small goals. Yesterday it was simply to get through Chapter 4, which took me forever (two weeks.) I said, no matter what, and that included a vomiting child, visit to the doctor, selling $350 worth of stuff on Craigslist, grocery shopping, laundry and LOTS of chicken soup -- that I was going to finish that chapter yesterday. I did. So now, I do the next right thing. That's all you can do in life: the next right thing.

Do you ever get stuck in that cycle of unproductivity, and what do you do to get out of it?

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At 12:57 PM, Blogger Anonymous said...

I was stuck in that cycle with starting my business. I was expecting certain sales and reactions but they didn't come. And with all these ideas going around in my head, I was getting nothing done.

So I turned off the computer, went to Starbucks with my iPod, put on my fave worship tunes and started writing down ideas for marketing and blogging. As well as daily goals ... And this week has been much more productive


At 1:13 PM, Blogger Kristin said...

You know Susan, that's how I used to start my day, with really loud praise music in my convertible. This morning, driving to Starbucks I realized that's what was missing, that time of complete shut out with the Lord. Thanks for repeating it to me!

At 2:29 PM, Blogger Sue said...

Um... I'll let you know when I get out of this latest one??? ;-) After a week of babysitting my BFF's 2 yr old... I'm totally unproductive this week!

At 4:56 PM, Blogger Crystal Laine Miller said...

I came here to find out how others do it. I'm a perfectionist and even chew my nails until they are all even...

My head buzzes all the time. I do find that I work best if I can find some private quiet time to get with God and hear myself think (I am such an auditory learner!)

At 10:34 PM, Blogger hotcoffeenow said...

I do something completely out of the ordinary for me. Gets all of that static out of my system.


At 12:47 AM, Blogger Jennifer Mykytiuk said...

I understand. I am a teacher with summer's off. When I don't have to be working- I don't to anything. Literally- I sit on my couch all day long which is great for the first week but then I get depressed especially when I can see the dirt house filling up around me.
I am trying small steps this summer. I am gtting up early and showering to jumpstart my day. Then I am choosing one area of my house to clean. Today I organized my closet and put laundry away. Tomorrow, I will do the floors. So far it's working.

At 10:45 AM, Blogger The Farmer's Wife said...

AAAARRRRR! (Pirate stuff for you...)

Sometimes it seems like I live in a constant state of unproductivity, but I believe that has something to do with two preschoolers. I don't know what I'll say when they go to school...

Right now, I'm struggling with the lack of time for creativity. I'm getting the house stuff done, but by the end of the day, I'm too tuckered out to feed my spirit with some artistic endeavors. And that stinks. But it's just a season, I think, in my life. That's what I'm telling myself.

I'm impressed you got to Chapter 4, with all the stuff that was complicating. Atta girl!


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