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on puttering and the big picture

Well, it is my second day of blogging. I have eaten 3 servings of fruit and veggies already and it is only 1:40. I also did my yoga poses. The kid comes back at 5, so I will see if I can pour some veggies into him at supper time. I slept about 9 hours, so all is good as far as the new habits go.

I really want to up my productivity over the next week until school starts again--I have a list of things that should get done. But I do love puttering around and I am not sure if I can do both. Puttering is work, but it is "in the moment." It is about little jobs that come up as you go along and it is open to being sidetracked at any time. The list I am trying to accomplish is systematic--things need to be checked off.

So, for example, today I split some firewood and kindling and brought it into the house (on the list). When I was finished, I felt like staying outside. So I covered my veggie beds (darn cats getting into them), cleaned up the firewood area, and wandered around a bit. I probably could have knocked off 3 things on my list during that time, but the puttering was time well spent.

So my love of systematic productivity is in contrast to my belief in the value of puttering. Can I hold onto both ideas at once? Clinging to ideas, and judging them as good or bad, is a bit silly in a way.


On Another Place

Do you keep a diary - a journal? For a while now I’ve been keeping one, but I’m not very good at writing in it. It’s an online diary using an application called Day One. It’s available on Mac OS X and Apple devices, which makes it easy to create entries whenever or wherever you are.

According to productivity experts, keeping a diary is a great way to improve your productivity.

I seem to write in the journal in fits and starts - I go for a few weeks non-stop, with an entry or two each day and then stop completely for a month or so. It’s one of those things that should be so easy to do, and it doesn’t have to be a masterpiece. We can't all be Tony Benn, after all, with his prolific diary writing, and writing a diary should be a personal thing and not written in anticipation of being read by others.

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