Momentum and Productivity

“If it’s your job to eat a frog, it’s best to do it first thing in the morning. And if it’s your job to eat two frogs, it’s best to eat the biggest one first.” –Mark Twain

“I challenge you to make your life the masterpiece you want to paint, the novel you want to read, the day you want to wake to.” ―Toni Sorenson


It’s been many months since I published anything from this blog, but it’s been a few months less since I wrote anything in it. For quite awhile, I added daily ramblings to one, continuous and directionless draft, but I just never seemed to come up with anything worth sharing. Today I went back and read that incessant tedium. I have decided to dust off and revise the one part I am sort of okay with amidst all the rubbish for my first attempt to breathe some life back into this blog. Here it is:

Thought for the day: maybe a key to happiness is coming to terms with the fact that we never actually have it all together. There’s always something not quite up to par: either the house isn’t clean or we’re a few pounds heavier than we’d like to be or the To Do list at work is just too unmanageable. Even when something’s where we want it, it’s likely not going to stay where we want it. Relationships take continual nurturing. Goals are checked off and revised. Life is a constant work in progress.

In a way, much of the satisfaction comes in the striving, the progress, the momentum of life. But striving also ensures that you’re never quite EXACTLY where you want to be. So, I guess the trick must be to strike some sort of balance. An ideal somewhere between having worthy aspirations and being content with your status.

The funny thing is that when you’re young you think you will reach a place where you actually have your shit together. You likely will, at some point, reach a place where others perceive that you have your shit together. But in reality, you never truly do. Not completely. Not in the way you want to have your shit together, at least. At the very least there’s a holiday you’re behind on baking cookies for. Something.

I learned somewhere in my twenties that it’s best to compete with myself, not others. Competing with others is just a constantly demoralizing prospect, and besides, no matter what I think, they don’t really have their shit together either.

Another truism I’ve discovered somewhere along the way is the importance of momentum on productivity and ultimately life satisfaction. When my schedule’s wide open (a distant memory at this point), nothing gets done. When there’s way more than I can possibly handle, somehow it gets handled. It’s Newton’s Law: objects in motion want to stay in motion. It’s getting off the couch that’s the hardest part.

And there we have it. My attempt at getting the momentum going on this blog once more. There are many other things I’ve been grappling with recently, and I need a better place to do it than my head while driving.


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