[ Life ] • False Productivity

Lately, I’ve been experiencing, somewhat, fairly productive days. I’ve been editing tons of photos, updating the gallery, keeping up with blog posts and a laundry list of other things. On the surface, this may sound really good, but after a close inspection of what really needed to be done, this can only be classified as false productivity.

We all have to-do lists of things that we need to… well… do. I’m sure that most of us prioritize our lists based on importance. We try to keep more pressing issues at the top of the list, while we allow those matters that can wait towards the bottom. We do this because we realise that while everything on the to-do list needs to get done, some things are and will be more important than others and that’s okay.

What’s not okay, however, is when we put aside the more important items on our to-do list to do the lesser important tasks for whatever the reason may be. Perhaps the lesser important tasks are simply more appealing because you enjoy them more. Maybe the more important tasks will require more energy and effort than you’d like to exhaust, so you take upon yourself to ignore them and do other things. That’s not good.

So, going forward try to focus on being productive on the things that really matter. The things that are most important. For me, I need to spend more time on assignments and studying. While maintaining the blog is good, school is my top priority at the moment and that should be reflected in what I find myself being productive with.

It’s a slippery slope. You can find yourself feeling accomplished knowing that you’ve got a lot done… and you may have really gotten a lot done, but did you get anything done where it mattered most? That’s something you need to keep in mind going forward with your productivity.

There’s a difference between feeling productive and feeling refreshed. False productivity provides a sense of refreshment that feels just like a feeling of productivity.

Beware of false productivity.