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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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, and the thing we’ve been putting off, despite it being the most important thing. 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. Beyond being thought-provoking and well-organized, it gets bonus points for not making up a new word every page (like most self-help books) and instead relying on well-established terms. We are imperfect and bound to waste time: we put things off, become distracted, chit-chat too long with colleagues.

Madeleine regularly conducts life experiments and hosts events to explore how creativity isn’t just something we do, but how we approach our lives.i appreciated how dore made sure not to belabor these examples and just touched on them as practical strategies instead. She has contributed columns and features to Sunday Life, BBC WorkLife, ArtsHub, 99u, Womankind, Kill Your Darlings, The Design Files, ABC Life and more. Packed full of thoughtful and thought-invoking quotes and passing on lived experiences of not having to be a Productivity Powerhouse all the time; you can just be a human too. she cares about the topic herself and spends a few years interviewing creatives to gain understanding on what works and how creatives find value in their days/weeks/years/lives. 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. Even on days where we get a lot done, the thing left undone can leave us feeling guilty, anxious, or disappointed. We don’t have to view every moment we don’t spend the way we expected to as a waste—we can simply appreciate the part it played in our life. Through these platforms and by regularly conducting life experiments, Dore investigates how to live creatively and broaden the definition of a day well spent.It was inspired by my conversation with a farmer who started his day with a dollop of clotted cream on his porridge. in fact, i read a lot in the working better genre and hearing the same ol' case studies can get to me, too (it's almost like every author feels like they discovered growth mindset! But luckily, the antidote is delightful discipline—putting fascination, curiosity, and enjoyment in place of punishing rules. It made it read like an academic paper, with the appropriate quote coming after the statement to justify it. It’s a great approach for a productive day, but beginning our day with dread can make it hard to get out of bed.

Some days, we may only spend an hour doing the thing, but it can take all day to set ourselves up for that one potent hour. One approach to reduce wasted-time worry is to remember that time cannot be wasted in advance—a sentiment I’ve borrowed from Arnold Bennett, who says that you can turn over a new leaf every hour if you choose. The wonderful thing about learning is that it expands—interest begets interest—and it doesn’t have to cost us a thing.If I had a quarter for every time the author uses the words, “we,” “our,” or “us,” I could live off that for a few months. Occasionally I get an audiobook from the library in a futile attempt to restrict my book purchasing. Rather than making us better, this “doing obsession” may leave us overwhelmed, burnt out, dissatisfied, inadequate, and alone.

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.

and i'll have to say i'm baffled by some of the harsh reviews - it seems like there's frustration about the incorporation of quotes and pulling together other information - the desire for listicles and shortform over a book?

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