Productivity and Perspective: A Day to Recuperate, Readjust, and Reschedule

By: Brooke Lark on

“Yesterday was not the start to the week I had been hoping for. I tried for quite some time to push myself to get things done, and it proved to be a lot more difficult than usual. I started to ask myself whether I’ve been getting enough sleep, whether I’ve been stressed out, and I’m pretty sure I was just having an off day. After a few hours of (unsuccessfully) trying to force myself to be productive, I decided to take some time to simply outline the rest of my week, focusing on set goals that I’m sure can be met by Friday. I then decided that I would deal with all of my pressing tasks as efficiently as possible (even though I was moving at a much slower pace than usual), leaving the rest of the day to simply take care of the little things – the things I may have been putting off over the last few weeks (Those reminders that spill over into the next day’s schedule and bombard your google calendar). Taking the day to deal with all of those reminders/tasks, all the while not really putting too much pressure on myself to do the most, really allowed for me to prepare for the rest of the week. I have a clean workspace, ideas flowing, tasks being completed, and a to-do list to check off, all because I gave myself a little time to readjust – to bounce back.”

Maintaining productivity is a constant time-consuming battle, and trying to claw your way out of an unproductive rut can be challenging. When I’m having an unproductive day, when my brain seems to not want to cooperate, I try my best to offload any and all thoughts that may be swimming, focusing my attention on what needs to be done now. So that I can take a step back when those tasks are completed, to work on something that brings me joy – like writing a blog post, a piece of poetry, or working on a short story before I settle back in to continue editing my novel. I needed some time to get back on track, to concentrate on what’s important, what’s absolutely necessary, so that I can allow myself to work at a pace that isn’t too pressing on a day where doing absolutely anything seems rather impossible. As soon as I took the pressure off the tasks, everything seemed to flow a bit easier, and I didn’t find myself worrying about “all of the things I have yet to do.” I truly believe that I work better once I’ve had a chance to take care of those little tasks that tend to pile up on us when we put them off for too long. So, if the day seems to be a little too stressful, take a step back to prioritize. Whatever needs to be done as soon as possible, work on completing those tasks, then take some time to get that grocery shopping, laundry, and cleaning done. A clean workspace is a happy workspace – and for someone that spends a lot of my writing and blogging time at home, I feel much better when all of that’s been taken care of. 

It’s coming down to the end of February already, and I am wrapping up editing my novel. I am quite excited to get started on the self-publishing process early March, but I’ve also been thinking about what my next writing project might be. I’ve been really enjoying writing a few shorter pieces, such as the piece I shared on here, entitled “The Nightgown.” It has been such a satisfying feeling finishing a piece after not having written any fiction in quite a while. Editing has been taking up quite a lot of my time, and rightly so, seeing as it has been very effective. I’ve been learning a lot as I’ve been going through the editing process, and it has been quite the journey. I do hope to continue writing shorter pieces and sharing with you all right here. I had been rather afraid, as I hadn’t shared any of my work in quite a long time, but it felt good to begin sharing again. 

I’m now in the “what-do-I-do-next” stage of completing a project, and moving into a new one. That in itself can be a little challenging, especially if you’re not sure which direction you’d like to go. However, if there’s one piece of advice that I can give you its that, start playing around with the idea of your next piece a bit earlier than you’d think to. Give yourself some time to explore, to play with words, to enjoy the process. You may very well settle on something that you’re undoubtedly proud of – and there is no better feeling than that.

I hope you all have a wonderfully productive rest of the week!

Thank you for reading!


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