There are some days when we accomplish little but what we did take care of means a lot. I always have to remind myself that no day is lost when the truth becomes clearer. Having moments of clarity and realization about daily circumstances that arise can be vastly productive too.
During the day, I like to do what matters not just what works. I broach subjects introspectively by taking things that are bothering me and preventing me from seeing the legitimacy of a particular situation. And, if I can, I break them down so I can gain better insight into them. Productive days are days when in the face of a crisis I manage to stay on track.
I try to ask myself questions. I wonder about certain things for example: where my attitudes come from. And, do I want to take the time to explore other ways of interpreting my experiences. It’s only natural to know that there will be days when we will feel more inclined to expand our understanding. As we move toward greater maturity we tend to seek a better grasp on specific aspects of our day that suddenly overwhelm us. It seems as if we are going along and then, something comes up, unexpectedly, and instead of reacting, we respond. We decide to pause and reflect so we can better analyze the situation and learn from it.
I don’t know about you, but when it comes to matters related to business, I personally like to speak candidly with people – individuals whom I can communicate with and that I feel comfortable conversing with. Their presence in my life is important to me. In fact, they are a Godsend. I have never been afraid of dealing openly with professional things that I find disturbing but I notice it makes a lot of people uncomfortable when I do. Women are not thought well of when we speak out on issues we are passionate about. We are considered brash and abrupt. When we are honest with ourselves and others we feel better because we create less confusion in the world. So often we want to reveal our truth but it seems as if it sits on the edge of our tongue. I am not saying I do not believe in diplomacy. Of course, there is a time and a place when we need to hold back but doing so has its consequences in professional circumstances and it keeps us from being productive.
No one wants to have unproductive days. We need a certain amount of challenges to keep us from boredom and to sustain our hope for continuous growth. If what we are doing does not work, we need to do something different. There is no better time than now and no better place than where we are to be productive. There is gladness in efficiency and acceptance of the difficulties and disciplines that guarantee productivity.
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