The time/productivity paradox is, in essence, the more free time you have, the less shit you get done.
I’m not sure if I’m the only person who experiences this, but I’ve known it about myself for quite some time. At work, on my busy days, I will almost always leave with all my paperwork done but on slower days, I somehow can’t manage to finish up before day’s end.
I was recently on vacation from work for close to two weeks. I accomplished nothing (other than eating mass quantities of fried foods and sweets.) I was chronically behind on laundry, the house was always disastrous, and even though I had pretty much all day, I could not manage to get it done. I did manage to organize six (yes six) totes of baby clothes to unsuccessfully sell at a mom-to-mom sale. Note to self: people don’t go to mom-to-mom sales in July.
I went back to work on Monday and now my house is relatively picked up (I’m never going to claim to have a clean house), the laundry is caught up, and I’m as on top of things as I possibly can be. Mark was super confused when he realized the dishwasher had already been run today. Yesterday morning I woke up at 4:30 AM to run 4 miles. I came home and took a shower, threw in a load of laundry, chopped up my salad for the week, and got all three kids up and ready and out the door before 6:30 am. I accomplished more shit in 2 hours than I did in entire days when I was on vacation; the time/productivity paradox.
I’m thinking it must be a state of mind thing. When I feel like I have all day to finish something, I don’t feel compelled to do it at all, but when my time is limited, I know I had better get it done right now.
So all this time, I’ve been thinking I’ve been too busy to do this or too busy to do that, but maybe, I just haven’t been busy enough.