I’m usually very productive at work, sometimes having lunch at my desk or delaying lunch altogether. But on Monday I stole an additional 30 minutes away from my desk. Yup! For 30 minutes I stood by the huge pane windows at work, as I watched the Oyster Catchers and her chicks pick food from between the cracks of the rock garden. Sure I there was some work needing to be done, but none immediately important. But it was hard to not to take advantage of the summery day……….The sky was blue, it was not raining -the Oyster Catchers were singing their song.
There’s a popular misconception of what it means to be productive, it’s something we all struggle with. I’m beginning to realise that what seems to be productive to you, may not be to someone else. Everyone has their own level of productivity, some would say that the 30 minutes I spent bird watching, could’ve been spent at my desk being MORE productive.
But did my 30 minutes of bird watching make me less productive?
If you’re a diligent employee who puts in his/her eight hours at the office completing your workload for the day, you finish early and decide you’ll spend the final 20 minutes of your workday catching up with your colleagues. Chit Chatting around the water cooler. Does that make you less productive? Job’s done, you have 20 minutes before your workday end…….How do you use those last few minutes productively?
It’s a great, but strange feeling when you are able to recognise that it might be beneficial to your health to slow down the pace, take 20 minutes to give your mind a break from all the data processing it does in a day.
Your mind and body work hard enough just getting you through life. Be kind to it and it will be kind to you.
©Etta D. Richards