How I’m Finding Value In Being Unproductive


adj.[ pruhduhk-tiv]

having the power of producing; generative; creative:

a productive effort.
I’m a list-maker and a goal-maker. I love working through my lists and accomplishing things. Lately, though, with summer here, I’ve been embracing times of being unproductive.
“Unproductive” is probably the wrong word. But I’m certainly valuing time that is spent on things that don’t produce something immediate or tangible. Sometimes we need a break from “producing” so we can simply focus on “being”. It’s not about being lazy. That can be soul-sucking just as much as trying to accomplish too much. It’s about investing in things that energize.
In my life, that list looks like this:
  • Getting up before my kids wake up so that I can drink coffee while it’s quiet in the house.
  • Reading a book.
  • Limiting social media.
  • Spending time with my kids simply to get to know them better and not to accomplish anything beyond that.
  • Spending time away from my kids  so that I can be “me” without being “mommy” for a while.

How about you? What are you doing today for no other reason but that you enjoy it?




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