The other day I found myself clicking on an article entitled “10 ways to make your morning more productive”. It included things such as lay the kids’ clothes out the night before, get up half an hour earlier to do some batch cooking, do a load of washing before anything else.
It made me feel exhausted just reading it and would have been better entitled “10 ways to go quietly nuts.” Readers of this blog will know that I’m a fan of taking things slow and I’m pretty sure that if I adopted all the tips in the article I’d be knackered and all joy would be sapped out of my albeit yoghurt stained yoga pants.
Its easy to think that the more we organise our time, the more productive we’d be and the better our lives would become. Indeed, I often get asked for tips on how I structure our days or balance motherhood and work and the reason I never know what quite to say, or haven’t ever written on this topic, is because I have no answers. I have no plan or structure (the same applies with the kids). I have no fancy bullet journal or pretty notebook. And yet I do think I am productive. And recently I’ve noticed something: it’s when I’m being least ‘productive’, that I actually end up being most productive. It’s when I purposely set aside a morning and am anticipating it for a week to get everything done that I find myself aimlessly scrolling through Instagram and writing a few lines of a blog post only to be deleted later, and it’s when I’m having a lazy morning with the kids at home with no hopes to work that I end up meal planning for the week, putting on three loads of washing, having an impromptu conference call with a brand, writing two blog posts and editing a video.
So next time you’re considering buying that new notebook or blocking out a day to be ‘productive’, try just switching your phone off, not thinking about what you’re supposed to be doing, and just seeing what comes up. You might just surprise yourself 👌