Productivity can be an unhealthy obsession. It can leave your head spinning: trying to fit more into each day than can be accomplished, without slowing down enough to appreciate a second of it. Mind racing, thoughts frantic. A spiral of stress.
It’s enough to bring to mind the lyrics written by the Bergmans for their 1968 classic, ‘The Windmills of Your Mind’:
Round like a circle in a spiral, like a wheel within a wheel
Never ending or beginning on an ever spinning reel
Like a snowball down a mountain, or a carnival balloon
Like a carousel that’s turning running rings around the moon
Like a clock whose hands are sweeping past the minutes of its face
And the world is like an apple whirling silently in space
Like the circles that you find in the windmills of your mind
What a nightmare.
Life needs balance, though — a healthy mix of things. Part of that mix is getting shit done. Sometimes you need to be productive. Particularly tricky are tasks that have a way of falling through the cracks, day after day, because there are always things shouting louder for attention. Some tasks are easy to neglect, so that’s what happens to them.