I Didn't Do The Thing Today: On letting go of productivity guilt

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I Didn't Do The Thing Today: On letting go of productivity guilt

I Didn't Do The Thing Today: On letting go of productivity guilt

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Wondering how other people seemed to have it all figured out, Madeleine Dore spent five years interviewing people she admired in an attempt to uncover their secrets for being more productive, successful, and prolific.

Through these platforms and by regularly conducting life experiments, Dore investigates how to live creatively and broaden the definition of a day well spent. One approach to reduce wasted-time worry is to remember that time cannot be wasted in advance—a sentiment I’ve borrowed from Arnold Bennett, who says that you can turn over a new leaf every hour if you choose.

This is a series of chapters which contain both wise advice, kind words and a realistic recognition of the struggles we all face. There are definitely gems of reminders that we can only accomplish so much in a day and sometimes we need to accept we cannot do it all. i appreciated how dore made sure not to belabor these examples and just touched on them as practical strategies instead. in fact, i read a lot in the working better genre and hearing the same ol' case studies can get to me, too (it's almost like every author feels like they discovered growth mindset!

I understand that this book stemmed from the author's interviews with people in many different fields, but some of the quotes from TV shows and movies didn't seem necessary. Some days, we may only spend an hour doing the thing, but it can take all day to set ourselves up for that one potent hour.We’re quick to label preparation as procrastination, and easily overlook that things take the time they take. I also just find a source of endless frustration when authors make an active choice to name drop- and even more so when the name dropping comes from situations and interviews they weren’t even involved with. For anyone who has ever felt the pressure to do more, be more, achieve more, this antidote to our doing-obsession is the permission slip we all need to find our own way. As others have noted, it's not particularly groundbreaking, but there are some noteworthy takeaways from it, if you can slog through all of the quotes. A bonus star because it gave me the strength and inner peace to Let Go of Productivity Guilt and stop reading halfway through.

It also took 10 chapters for her to acknowledge that capitalism plays a large part in why we might not have done the thing today, and only barely touched on the fact that many people with lesser means do not have the luxury of implementing a lot of the strategies that she talks about in this book, although that wasn't the kind of depth that I expected this book to get into, so perhaps that's an unfair assessment.

Whether it’s romance, friendships, career paths, or new interests, we never saw most of the things that give our lives meaning coming. A remarkable combination: part broadside against our culture of frenetic busyness, part consolation for the days when things don’t go to plan, it’s also the best kind of productivity manual, filled with guidance for actually getting around to more of the things that matter.

It’s a spin on the “Eat the Frog” method popularized by author Brian Tracy, which suggests doing our most dreaded task first to get it out of the way. Perhaps we need to shift away from trying to maximize our time and, instead, try to reduce our worry about wasting it. This has long been a topic I've felt strongly about- ask my husband how many times I've ranted about how toxic I feel this culture of busyness is- and I felt like I found a lot in here to apply to my life. It was inspired by my conversation with a farmer who started his day with a dollop of clotted cream on his porridge.in fact, i always have 3 or 4 books i'm reading at a time and i felt tickled that she quoted brandon sanderson, since i just finished rhythm of war - a serious fantasy book and so different from this one. It’s perfect for people like me, who are a little too driven, slightly OCD, and have some Catholic guilt!

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