UN-Productivity

Happy Friday, everyone! Another glorious weekend is upon us! :-)

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Generally, I’d say I’m a pretty productive person. I don’t really like sleeping in; I hate feeling like I’m wasting the day. I make a to-do list in my planner each day & make it a point to check off as many – if not all – of the items that are listed. I don’t have too much “down-time”; my days of kicking back with a magazine are long gone because I am always trying to utilize every second of the day.

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Life has certainly become busier in the last few months. Between teaching, managing a new home with Chris (& by home, I mean 1-bedroom apartment), & working on this blog, I don’t really have the option to not be productive.

Yesterday, however, was one of those days where I just felt “blah.” While today was a little better, I wouldn’t say that the feeling had totally surpassed. All I could think about at work all day was coming home & taking a nap, which I did for a short while!

Pug nap-time; doesn’t he look cozy?

Although I didn’t have the energy/desire/motivation to post last night, I did get to thinking about how I set the tone for my days – whether they are productive or not.

I feel like the pace for my day is set within my first hour or two at work. I have my prep period first thing in the morning & what I make of it totally dictates how the rest of my day goes. For instance, if I immediately get into work & start checking things off of my to-do list, I will usually stick with this pace & keep barreling through my day. However, yesterday, a meeting snuck-up on me & ate-up the good majority of my prep period. I felt rushed to get “everything else” done before I had to start teaching, & because I felt like I had already sort of “failed” for the day, I had zero motivation to get much else done.

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Admittedly, there’s not really much of a “point” to this post, just sharing what’s on my mind. I must have a productive weekend – those research papers aren’t going to grade themselves (although, that would be pretty awesome)! ;-)

How do you manage all of your daily work/life tasks? What do you do when you’re feeling unmotivated (in any aspect of life)?

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10 comments

  1. Katie says:

    I know exactly what you’re talking about–school, home, and then trying to squeeze in time for yourself?! I try to get to school early enough to get stuff done, since my prep is in the middle of the day. I don’t really like to stay late at school since we already have such a long school day, and my husband usually gets home right around the same time I do.

    Anyway, no easy answers from me…just wanted to say I completely know what you mean about trying to prioritize your day and be productive!
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    • 4thesakeofcake says:

      I don’t like to hang around too late either. I did that a lot last year, but I’m trying not to since I get in so early!

  2. Baking Serendipity says:

    I’m a teacher too and my prep hour is right in the middle of the day. Sometimes it’s a nice break, but I always feel like if I don’t get set up for the next day in the afternoon, I’ll never be on top of things. I seriously rushed out the door after a meeting on Friday and don’t even want to think about what that will bring on Monday!
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  3. Kalee @ SoreyFitness says:

    I SO relate! I have been feeling constantly going & racing around to get a chance to sit down, but it isn’t bad stuff just productive!! I am the same way in the sense I have 1-2 hours to set my day. If I am somehow unproductive or skip a workout I just feel like I’m in slow-mo. It IS so nice to have a weekend day off to just lay like brocolli though! :)
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