To me, productivity is always productivity for something. I see no point in being productive simply for the sake of it. That’s because it’s all about outputs. The thing I love about working at JISC infoNet is that I’m ‘measured’ on what I produce, not how I go about doing it. In other words, I’m treated as a grown-up.
Something that mature people do is constantly reassess what they’re doing and why they’re doing it; as their circumstances and priorities change, they adapt. The fancy word for it is probably recontextualization. At the moment I’m a husband and father who’s away from home more than I used to be, in the final year of my Ed.D. and blogging every day. One of those has to give.
Blogging every day since the start of the year has been a wonderful discipline for me. But there’s three reasons why I’m going to have reduce my outputs here:
- I spend at least 10 hours per week blogging. That’s time I need to spend getting my thesis done by 21st December.*
- Blogging produces ephemera. I want to produce more e-books (and physical books via Lulu)
- It’s time for me to prioritise things that don’t involve screens during my leisure time.
I hope you understand.
* Why 21st December? I’ll turn 30 on the 22nd and my wife is due to give birth to our second child on the 28th!
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