This post closes my series of posts on the matter of productivity! It has been an interesting experience, in part because it clearly affirms for me the benefits of blogging! In a way, blogging is akin to journaling – the difference being that journaling is done without concern for an audience (there is no audience) whereas with blogging it behooves the blogger to move away from self-indulgence and consider what might interest the audience! This series has prompted more responses (mostly from my friends!) than any other posts on this blog, which affirms that there was at least a modicum of audience interest in what I had to say!
But here is where this blogging experience and journaling come together – I have also benefited from this reflective excursion into my own approaches to getting things done! Here are a couple of the “lessons” I have learned in this process:
- Even though I speak a firm line about what I do, or more accurately what I intend to do, the reality is not quite so clear-cut! My to-do list has lagged about a day-and-a-half “behind” for most of the duration of this series of posts! Part of this has to do with the kinds of things that happen to everyone .. fighting a bad cold, unexpected family events, fascination with the current political events and drawn to paying attention to what is happening, way too much email that I need to tend to – you get the picture! So the ideal and the real are a bit out of sync! And for some reason, my dedication to this series has persisted despite the to-do list lagging – it has been a compelling project that has drawn me away from the scheduled to-dos!
- Writing about the ideal has in fact influenced my “real” behaviors! Every time I have posted a new blog about one of the tools I am using, and my commitments related to that tool, my daily engagement with those tools has definitely been more focused! For example, my use of Evernote has evolved over time, and once I focused on it in the process of writing the blog, I moved into a “space” of better clarity about how Evernote fits into my overall productivity strategy.
Most important …a bottom line emerged that ironically led me to a stronger sense that what I do has little or nothing to do with being productive! If I am totally honest, my own approach to this all boils down to my age 10 fascination with “Cheaper by the Dozen!” I just love being efficient! It is kind of like the habits that we all take for granted – like the sleeping positions we prefer, or the morning routine that gets us up and out the door, or the little habits of affection that we establish with those we care about. For me, that very early fascination with efficiency ingrained in me something that is more than a habit .. it is a way of being! Like all of these little “things” that constitute who I am, or who you are, there is no reason to expect that we can, or should, aspire to copying anyone else’s ways of being. I have no idea why reading of a book grabbed my attention in such a powerful way at the age of 10!
So here’s to each of us finding the ways that work for getting things done … each of us, in our own ways!