productivity art by bob ostrom

How being less productive is actually more productive.

Gimme a Break!

Gimme a break. No really, I need a break. I don’t know about you guys but I’m not really feeling it today. Some days are good, some not so much, but we roll with it right? Today I just don’t feel like rolling with it so instead I’m just going to accept the idea that there will be days like these. I’m making room in my schedule for a Bobby O day. That means slowing down for a minute to catch my breath.

Mixed emotions

I have some real mixed emotions on this one. I know this is going to be costly but I also know that if I don’t take this time now to recharge my batteries it’s going to cost me a lot more later on. Instead of grinding it out in front of the computer for another miserable day I’m grabbing my iPad, my big honking extra battery and I’m going to down town Apex. I’m going to find a table out front of Common Grounds, pull up a few back burner projects and see where it takes me. Hopefully that will give me some much needed space. These last couple of weeks have been pretty busy and I know things are just going to get busier from here.

Movie Montage

If this was a movie there would be a montage scene here with a hip sound track showing how suddenly I went from having a terrible day to the best day ever. In real life what happened was I hung out for about two hours and decompressed. I worked my way through two or three sketches for a big project I’m wrestling with. It wasn’t the most productive day I’ve ever had but when I got home my head was in a good space. Out of nowhere the phone rang and I landed a really nice new project. All in all a pretty good day.

The Moral of the story

So what’s the moral of this story? There is none. Just that every once and a while you have to step away from daily grind and sit in the sun for a few minutes. Too often we feel that if we just work a little harder, hustle a little more, or put in a few extra hours it will get us out in front. That would be great if you were a machine. But we’re all human and you can’t just throw in an extra gallon of gas and expect results. We need down time, we need rest and time to recharge the batteries. My advice is pretty simple. Stop listening to all those online gurus who keep telling you to refuse to slow down. You have to want it as bad as your next breath! If you want it bad enough you’ll get up at 4am everyday for the rest of your life. That’s terrible advice and a terrible way to live. Listen to your body. If it’s telling you to slow down then slow down. There will be plenty of time to put in crazy hours another day. Sometimes you have to slow down so you can be more productive. Today I’m just going to sit in the sun.

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