I wanted to take today and add a follow-up to my productivity post. I love that post, and the tips in it, but I left out an important one: Give yourself a break. You can’t make every second of every day ‘productive’. Every ounce of free time won’t always be ‘productive’. Sometimes, you have to break away from the plan, or the goal, and just live. While my word of the year is Focus, I need to remember that sometimes the best way to focus is to take a break, and take some time for myself. Burning out is a legitimate thing, and it’s something I’d like to avoid.
This wasn’t the post I originally had in mind for today. But after receiving my Inklings newsletter from Kristin over at My Life as a Teacup, it was the one I wanted to write. She talked about how doing what you want at that moment is often so much more important than sticking to a plan or schedule. That struck such a chord with me!
This past Sunday, I had plans to make the most of the day. Do my Yoga Camp vid, catch up on chores, write blog posts, work on art. What I actually did? Slept in, hung out with my brother who was up from Boston, played out in the snow with my kiddo, let the dishes pile up, and watched Harry Potter with friends that night. It felt amazing. I felt no guilt, and no regret. I did what I wanted, and I think overall my work (be it blog posts or art) is better off because of it. Forcing myself to sit down and do something because I feel I should doesn’t usually make for a great result.
My point is, time management and staying on task are great. I love utilizing the top three task system. But it doesn’t have to be ALL the time. I can’t have it be all the time. The blog posts can wait. The art will be there tomorrow, and so will the housework. Taking time for yourself IS productive, and it’s necessary. So I hope that whatever productive things you do in 2016, you also take time for you and enjoy it!