The Emerald Girl

casual. classic. curious.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Being Productive When You're Not Sure What to Do


If you're like me, then sometimes, you get this anxious energy to do something but you're not exactly sure what you should be doing or maybe you don't have the full amount of time or head-space to take on anything. Having young kids definitely means that I don't have a lot of time where I can devote 100% of my brain to one specific activity long enough to dive deep.

Around the home, I can channel that energy into staying on top of household chores. Doing the laundry from start to finish. Wash, dry, fold, put away. Running the dishwasher and putting clean dishes away. Picking up random items from around the house. Our hands were made to do be active and I think that's why so many people enjoy working with their hands. Chores are a great way to direct active energy.

The reason I specify staying on top of household chores instead of getting caught up is because if you're "getting caught up" it implies that you had let it pile up. The feeling of getting caught up is quite different than the feeling that comes from staying on top of tasks. Staying on top of household tasks means that the household is in working order, tasks move along smoothly allowing the people dwelling in the home to have more time to enjoy the finer things in life. Whatever that might be. I love the feeling of being efficient. It is deeply, intrinsically satisfying.

Being efficient sets me up for success. Essentially, I have a clean slate to start from each day. A house with no outstanding tasks gives me the head-space to relax and be more creative. If being efficient makes you feel good, then be efficient to be more creative. I have found that doing relaxing tasks (relaxing as in, I don't have to put much thought behind doing the laundry, etc, so my brain is technically relaxed) allows my brain to free float and leads to more creativity. Hanging clothes may utilize my hands but my mind is left to be curious, be insightful and full of wonder. So not only am I feeling productive but I'm also setting myself up for creative thought which makes me doubly productive.

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