Productivity is overrated. I can tell you without any hesitation that I start each day with a mountain of things to do and I end each day with a mountain of things to do. Any person with a life filled with responsibilities and deadlines knows exactly where I’m coming from on this one.
It’s like one minute you’re this carefree college kid, spending money on your newly minted platinum credit card, without a care in the world. The next you’re this 20 or 30-something year old adult with a mortgage, a spouse, and all the mail you could ever imagine—most of it from people and places you’d just as soon not know your address.
In the “real world” this is called growing up and facing the music. None of us is promised a life filled with unchecked fun and endless money—unless you were born with a silver spoon in your mouth (in which case I just might be inclined to hate you…just kidding)—and even then you might be forced to view the world differently just because with money there is always some measure of accountability that many of us would like to forget.
As I’ve grown accustomed to this new life of mine—a life that I must say again is blessed—I start to understand that the most important element that I need to remember to return to is balance. It’s way to easy for me, personally, to forget to attend to my needs and do the things I need for myself to be that productive, focused, married, mother of two that I so enjoy being.
This life is filled with endless lists and eternal things for us to do but, every once in a while, you need to take a moment to breathe and reset.