Productivity

I’ve been considering what the best approach is to living a life full of productivity. Interestingly enough, I’ve learned that being productive doesn’t necessarily mean pushing yourself to your limit all the time. In fact, my hypothesis is that being productive is actually very easy, if we know how to do it, EVEN if we were born “lazy.”

Before I proceed, I want to first say that I’m not promoting a life of getting by with short cuts – but I would say that there are “short cuts,” that is, more efficient ways, to accomplishing various tasks in life. To me, efficiency means less time used and less energy expended, hence, a win-win situation!

For example, last night I decided to finally unbox my mini crock pot that was gifted to me a couple months ago, and because I have never used a slow cooker before, I did my share of online research (i.e. mostly YouTube) and discovered how remarkably quick and easy it is to prepare meals with just one little crock pot! Okay, so I wasn’t planning to write a post to advertise slow cookers, but I’m illustrating one practical way be more productive (remember, productivity = less time + less energy). Last night I wanted to make chicken soup, and it literally took 10 minutes total (well, I didn’t actually time myself but I’m also not exaggerating how quick it is). I rinsed four chicken drumsticks, chopped an onion, a couple sticks of celery and carrots, threw them in the crock pot and poured just enough water to cover all the ingredients, and added a little bit of salt to taste. Then I put the lid on the pot, turned it on to the “low” setting, and went to bed. The next morning (8 hours later) – voila! Chicken soup! Except the vegetables were still kind of hard and not sure if the chicken may not have been fully cooked. So I left it on low heat, and then off I went to work. We’ll see what the soup looks like when I return home…

My point is, even if I was a lazy person, I could STILL be productive without making a whole lot of effort! Well, the effort I have to make involves quite a bit of mental work, or brainstorming, to figure out how I can do things in my daily life without using as much time and energy. The crock pot is a good example because a whole pot of soup took essentially 10 minutes to make – so, less time and less energy.

I used cooking as an example……

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AAAAANND I never finished writing what I was writing. But I’m still posting this anyway as is, because recently I’ve been inspired by a blogger I discovered, Sam Brown (I’ll share the link to her blog another day hopefully because I’m too tired and lazy now). She helped me to see that my perfectionism was getting in the way of accomplishing things. Therefore, in light of her words of wisdom, I will post this incomplete, imperfect post, otherwise who knows when I’ll ever finish writing what I was planning to write, which I can’t remember that well anymore.

On another note, I came home tonight to find that my chicken soup wasn’t cooked enough – veggies still hard, chicken still semi raw. Next time I’m using the high heat setting.

Author: Amy

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