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I Didn't Do The Thing Today: On letting go of productivity guilt

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in fact, i always have 3 or 4 books i'm reading at a time and i felt tickled that she quoted brandon sanderson, since i just finished rhythm of war - a serious fantasy book and so different from this one.

Even on days when we get a lot done, the thing left undone can leave us feeling guilty, anxious, or disappointed. We are imperfect and bound to waste time: we put things off, become distracted, chit-chat too long with colleagues. But luckily, the antidote is delightful discipline—putting fascination, curiosity, and enjoyment in place of punishing rules. While this book wasn’t completely life-changing, it was a good read that did inspire me to shift my thinking on productivity.Even on days where we get a lot done, the thing left undone can leave us feeling guilty, anxious, or disappointed. she's not proclaiming herself as a productivity or unproductivity expert - she's more of an explorer. As others have noted, it's not particularly groundbreaking, but there are some noteworthy takeaways from it, if you can slog through all of the quotes.

Below, Madeline shares 5 key insights from her new book, I Didn’t Do the Thing Today: Letting Go of Productivity Guilt. Madeleine regularly conducts life experiments and hosts events to explore how creativity isn’t just something we do, but how we approach our lives. Perhaps instead of filling time, we can inspect whether what we fill it with creates a sense of fulfillment. There's the work thing, the catch-up thing, the laundry thing, the creative thing, the exercise thing, the family thing, the thing we don't want to do, and the thing we've been putting off, despite it being the most important thing. We don’t share your credit card details with third-party sellers, and we don’t sell your information to others.

Additionally (and this is probably nitpicking), the word "infallible" was used incorrectly a few times in the book when I believe she meant to talk about the fallibility of humans, and that was confusing.

Author Madeleine Fire talks about a lot of the "productivity hacks" people have embraced in the push to always be doing more, taking on more, and gives a lot of great reasons why it might be time to let those go and find rhythms and paces that work for us and allow us to build a full life instead of just a busy one. A remarkable combination: part broadside against our culture of frenetic busyness, part consolation for the days when things don’t go to plan, it’s also the best kind of productivity manual, filled with guidance for actually getting around to more of the things that matter. I was picturing a more practical Laziness Does Not Exist, and while it gave those vibes, it did not live up to them. There's the work thing, the catch-up thing, the laundry thing, the creative thing, the exercise thing, the family thing, the thing we don't want to do, the thing we've been putting off (despite it being the most important thing).But I missed something actionable or some kind of self-reflective practice that would help me to get this perspective to posterity. To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average.

One approach to reduce wasted-time worry is to remember that time cannot be wasted in advance—a sentiment I’ve borrowed from Arnold Bennett, who says that you can turn over a new leaf every hour if you choose. For anyone who has ever felt the pressure to do more, be more, achieve more, this antidote to our doing-obsession is the permission slip we all need to find our own way.and i'll have to say i'm baffled by some of the harsh reviews - it seems like there's frustration about the incorporation of quotes and pulling together other information - the desire for listicles and shortform over a book? The wonderful thing about learning is that it expands—interest begets interest—and it doesn’t have to cost us a thing.

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