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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. Whether it’s romance, friendships, career paths, or new interests, we never saw most of the things that give our lives meaning coming.

I listened to the audiobook while doing my daily “chores”, and that alone really boosted my productivity. Madeleine Dore has produced a book that is both practical and inspiring; that recognises the tensions in life, that we can’t always do all the things, but also that sometimes those things are still important.This has long been a topic I've felt strongly about- ask my husband how many times I've ranted about how toxic I feel this culture of busyness is- and I felt like I found a lot in here to apply to my life. But I missed something actionable or some kind of self-reflective practice that would help me to get this perspective to posterity. It was inspired by my conversation with a farmer who started his day with a dollop of clotted cream on his porridge. A remarkable combination: part broadside against our culture of frenetic busyness, part consolation for the days when things don't go to plan.

But luckily, the antidote is delightful discipline—putting fascination, curiosity, and enjoyment in place of punishing rules.Madeleine regularly conducts life experiments and hosts events to explore how creativity isn’t just something we do, but how we approach our lives. At first, I thought it was me, I thought when I got out of quarantine I would enjoy reading it again, but nope, by the end I was skipping each chapter as soon as it became the exact same thing the previous chapter had been. It’s in tensions, problems, and mistakes that we learn; it’s one of the most important things about being alive.

This is a series of chapters which contain both wise advice, kind words and a realistic recognition of the struggles we all face.Beyond being thought-provoking and well-organized, it gets bonus points for not making up a new word every page (like most self-help books) and instead relying on well-established terms. in fact, i read a lot in the working better genre and hearing the same ol' case studies can get to me, too (it's almost like every author feels like they discovered growth mindset! 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).

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