Mental Sampler 4
I am someone who verbally beats myself up when I have an unproductive day and glows when I’ve managed to pound through a lot of work. Perhaps I should look into not having my self-esteem tied to how much I perceive I’ve accomplished, but barring that, I was deeply interested in Lifehacker’s advice on how to get over an unproductive day.
I think my favourite idea on the list was sending myself to bed early and waking the next day early. Though I will say that I use coffee as a productivity anchor. I better have accomplished something substantial before I pour myself the final half-cup. It’s like I need to hold that last bit of coffee partially out-of-reach so I’ll work hard to get it.
I’m a bit like a trained lab rat that way.
How do you get over an unproductive day?
WOFE is a new portmanteau I just learned for the merging of work and life into one amorphous blob of time. In other words, instead of designating the hours between X and Y to be dedicated to work, and designating the hours between Y and X to be dedicated to home life, the two have bled into one another so that we bring home life into the work day (such as pumping breast milk during work) and we bring work life into the home (answering emails after dinner).
I have no work-life divide because I work out of the house. I mean, I could. I could set firm boundaries, but I don’t really mind everything mixing together like a salad. I like having the flexibility during the day to go volunteer at the twins’ school. And if I want that, I have to also not mind that work sometimes pops up at 11 pm and needs to be completed before I go to sleep. That last scenario is rare, but it does happen several times a year. More often it is simply working after the twins have gone to bed, or dragging a laptop on vacation and taking care of a few tasks at the beginning of each day.
But this was the part of the piece that made me tired:
The need to stay constantly connected is rapidly on the rise, as individuals not only run the risk of losing business, but also need to maintain the working relationships they’ve formed … Work hours are creeping well past conventional daytime hours along with other activities such as eating, cleaning, socializing and taking care of the kids which are all intertwined, often quite seamlessly. When was the last time you went out for lunch without checking your phone at least a few times during the meal?
Uh… a long time?
When was the last time you went out (at any time — morning, lunch, late at night) without checking your phone at least once?