Plan! Plan! An replan. Are we more distracted than previous generations? Are we less productive than previous generations? I would venture to say yes, although, it is a general conclusion not based on any statistics. Are you as productive as you like?
Personally, I feel totally sidelimed by a lack of awareness of time. Then one gets caught up with their cellphone looking at messages an emails etc. Time is lost an nothing to show for it.
Previous generations had more responsibilities than we do now, yet we have seemingly more stress an less satisfaction.
Life’s circumstances in many ways provided a simplified life. There were no Walmarts, Lowes, Hobby Lobby’s etc. It is easy to be a hoarder with two many interests these days. Money was saved, set aside, and used practically for the families needs. Now, credit is a sometime blessing and a many-time curse. There is always something to buy, and good deals are seductive.
Home-made jams, soaps, candles, or knitted scarfs, or something embroidered were typical gifts when the thought was valued more. Now, it seems the amount of the gift is a requirement of concern. Practical gifts of building blocks or a log cabin set were appreciated. Sadly toddlers are quite tech savvy yet building an engineering skills are being forgotten. Mechanics, engineers and architects may become rare skills in future generations.
Plan it! Do it!, Do it!, List it!, Do it, register it! We go through the phases and we feel exhausted, discouraged as we relist what we want to avoid, yet need to get done. I have many of these cluttering my conscious an unconscious mind. Forgetfulness is a consequence of ignoring as a habit.
The standard too do list could be an off shute of our weekly and monthly list.
The standard “To do” list can be recycled into our “Got Done!” List. I feel so much better writing down what I achieved today. Also recording my circumstances, like a project manager or contractor on a job site will put in the Log, a start time, how many men on the job, how many subcontractors with crew size an specifics, the weather conditions such as overcast, windy, and 52 degrees, etc. Writing my circumstances, obligations for day, health challenges, and achievements makes me feel very satisfied. It is less likely I will judge myself unfairly.
We know what all we have to do. Just put 12 minutes into the next step of the project and see what happens.
Living fabulously includes simplifying our lives to achieve more focus. Our Great-Grandparents may no longer be with us yet their examples can always be reconsidered as it’s principles enrich our lives. I call that a real inheritance.