Recently, I have been feeling like I haven’t been productive. Even though I’ve been getting stuff done, I felt as though I wasn’t getting anything of importance done. I wanted to change how I felt but I wasn’t sure how.
Accidentally, I started listing out the activities I had worked on and completed in a conversation with my friend in an effort to illustrate just how little I had completed over the past week.
It looked something like this:
- I cleaned out the fridge and washed all of the shelves inside
- I went out of the house for the first time in a long time
- I wrote an article for Coffee House Writers
- I wrote two articles for Functionally Fictional
- I journaled
- I started the editing process for 5 new scenes
- I wrote 1,300 words last Sunday
- I’ve written 500 words almost every day for the rest of the week
- I’ve remembered to take my morning medicine most days for the past week
- I’ve helped organize a writer’s critique group by posting polls, organizing meetings, organizing the technical side of things, making sure everyone’s posts are in the right place and got promoted to admin because of that.
As I started listing out these things it became clearer and clearer to me just how much work I had actually gotten done. I ended up deleting the message to my friend and said:
Nevermind. After listing everything I’ve done for the past week, I’ve realized I’m doing a lot better than I thought I was.
Can this help some of you?
List out everything you’ve done in the past week, from loads of laundry to remembering appointments, from work tasks to leisure and housework.
Chances are, you too will find out that you were a lot more productive than you thought, and you can start fighting off those depressing feelings.