I have begun to get my weekend effectiveness back. Sometimes that includes time to do "nothing". Or whatever you or I want to do. Last week I met with some friends who are writers. It was amazing and we had an authentic conversation about writing and the trials and tribulations of our days in this era. We chatted about everything from race, to politics, to our common struggle and shared experience. These topics are usually "Third rails" or "off limits" in some groups. I really appreciated the candor and the being in the "now" with these friends. I love being a creative. My mind speeds up. My emotions heighten. I feel words more acutely. It and I felt and feel marvelous. This weekend, you probably have a list of items that you or someone else created. Get those things completed but don't beat yourself if it all doesn't get done. The point of a productivity system is to capture what you need, want, and wish to do. It is not to do it all on any given day. Take a moment, an hour, or half a day to just be with another soul. Really be with them. I guarantee you will feel your own spirit filled and energy replenished.
One of the key things I've incorporated into my productivity life is prayer. Prayer not for myself but for this world (I know, I'm in the world). I do share the gratitude for all things and those who are on this spinning globe. I also hope to have an open mindset as the day commences. You never know what it will bring you. I was in a borderline argument with someone early in the morning. It wasn't pretty. Shortly thereafter, I had a senior executive give me recognition on a call with thousands of people. People were hitting me up most of the day, but I kept thinking about the morning. I prayed (got on my knees) for the person I had a disagreement with. I dug deep (detective work) to find out that there was a hidden X (look for a future post on this topic) that had stressed them out and they were reacting. Most of us do some type of prayer or meditation each day. Doing it early and often gives you the foundation for a productive day. It allows you to weather your ups and downs and stay focused. Remember, hit me up at email@example.com if I can help you in any way.