Lately I have taken a long look at this word, productivity and/or being productive. It is a word that I have been hearing all my life. In the work force, this word is drilled into your head on a daily basis. "Increase productivity! That is the goal." As a work at home mom, there really is no one in your face demanding that you "be more productive". You just kind of do what needs to be done when it needs to be done. Don't get me wrong the demand is there for sure. Kids need food...feed them. Dishes are piling up...do them. Toilets need cleaning...procrastinate until you just can't anymore ;). However, if for some reason dinner isn't ready on time or the dishes pile higher than usual, there is no real backlash. There is only the fear of inadequacy. Thus, as a wife and mother, increasing productivity is forefront on the mind.
In terms of my life as a wife, mother and business owner, productivity has new meaning these days. Everyday it seems harder and harder to really understand this word. The days I feel I am being most productive really just consist of how clean my house is. So sad.
So let's exercise the mind and demo that definition, shall we? I really want to break this thing apart with a sledgehammer right now! Here goes...
the quality, state, or fact of being able to...goods or services
Generate and Create
These words apply to so many aspects of my life. I am a creative person by nature so I started a business in which I "create" and "generate" goods. I also love DIY projects and changing the way my house looks on a regular basis, it soothes me. Somehow changing the appearance of a room and where I put my hutch help me deal with the day-to-day. Keep generating and creating to keep the sanity!
Create to me has a double meaning right now. Moving, and recent happenings with my family, has really changed the way I think about my relationships with friends and family. I have never had an abundance of friends but the ones I do have, I know that in ANY situation, would be here for me. Family has always been EXTREMELY important to me (my mom and my sister are 2 of my very best friends) but outside of them, my family seems...distant. So "create" also stands for creating closer links to family and friends. Family and friends that may not be close by don't have to be an eternity away. Revive those relationships.
Let's forget about the "goods or services" part and just examine the word "enhance". I am going to use this word going forward as a sort of mantra. Enhance the way you feel about yourself. Enhance the way you look at yourself. Enhance the way you look and feel about your home. I have never really been a self conscious person and, to be frank, I generally don't care what I look like on a daily basis. So, enter the word enhance. It really makes me want to get up and put some make-up on. :) It's almost like putting the finishing touches on a beautiful table scape...Enhance.
As odd as this may sound, "bring forth" speaks to me in terms of my kids. It reminds me of the bible verse referring to bringing up your kids in the ways of the Lord. As a productive mother it is my duty to "bring forth" well behaved, respectable and self sufficient children. Is it okay for my kids to see that keeping the house clean is all I'm concerned about. Let's get real people, my kids could care less if I spent hours cleaning their bathtub with a toothbrush. They want quality time with their momma! and toys...toys are good too! Bring forth awesome kids so they can clean their own bathtub with a toothbrush! ;)
So, what exactly does all of this mean you ask? Because really, who understands the rantings of a crazy lady!?! I'm not real sure but for now I will...
Generate, create, enhance and bring forth a productive way of living!