My to-do list is growing, my productivity (outside of work) is low: I’ve been so busy with work and life in general that I often don’t find time to write my blog. Even though I do enjoy it. Somehow in the midst of things it just doesn’t happen.

I think this problem creeps up in most people’s lives; you enjoy doing something but you never get around to it or you never make time for it. There are different degrees of this, but I know most people deal with this issue.

To-do list

My ever-growing to-do list

Observations

I have found this is partly due to a lack of time, but not entirely. I took an honest look at my life this week and noticed that while I am busy, I should have enough time to do things. Yes, I am out and about quite a lot. Some weeks I have to plan one evening where I just stay at home. But there are other weeks where I spent most evenings at home. I’ll watch tv, read a book, catch up with friends in the Netherlands. Is the time that I do have at home, spent in the most productive way? No. Does it have to be? Well, that’s a good question!

 

Productivity

I hate thinking that every minute of my day or my week has to be spent in the most productive way. I mean, that kind of takes the fun out of it. And just lounging about at home, can be so relaxing and just what you need.

My problem is that when I do that too often, I don’t feel like I’ve accomplished anything. While taking a break from the endless to-do list (that I have, don’t you worry!) is great every once in a while, if my to-do list grows out of proportion it puts me on edge. Now that might just be me, but it is a horrible feeling. Stuff piles up around me (whether literally or figuratively) and the more it piles up, the less productive I become.

 

New leaf

So I am starting August with a new leaf; trying to do at least some productive things every day. This doesn’t have to be anything big. It can just be putting the clean dishes away, but whatever it is, I’m going to have to do it.

End of the day, I know what makes me happy and accomplishing things, crossing things off my to-do list, being productive actually makes me a lot happier than just sitting around doing nothing. In 2014 August is my new January; wiping the slate clean and starting over.

Crossing ‘write blog post’ off my list right now!