Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Productive is Overrated

This past Saturday Mona left me home alone. I didn't want to go out because it was icy (okay, so maybe I wouldn't have left the house either way, but it's still a legitimate reason). So I was stuck alone and "couldn't" leave the house.

I was on stumbleupon the day before and ran across this article about how productive people are productive. Puke. I don't even know why I read it. It was about making goals and getting things done. Not one ounce of procrastination was to be found. It was sickening. They even mentioned turning off technology for a few hours to get stuff done. What kind of crazy is that?!? Let's just say I didn't save the page on my bookmark bar.

Well, somehow it must have worked it's way into my brain a little bit, because as I sat alone on Saturday I got the idea to try and shut of technology for a few hours to see what would happen.

I set my timer for two hours (because I didn't want to over do it), shut of my TV, closed the computer, and set my phone down.

Like I said I couldn't leave the house, so I walked downstairs to search for something productive. I didn't feel like cleaning and strangely I didn't feel like reading. I sat and twiddled my thumbs and walked around my apartment for awhile. Never have I felt less productive. I literally stood twiddling my thumbs. Looking for something "productive" to do.

I thought to myself "I can do this. It's only two hours. You're not THAT addicted to technology. You can find something do to."

Then my phone went off.

I stared at it. I looked back out into the abyss of non productivity that was my living room. I looked back to my phone.

I wasn't getting anything done. I wasn't being productive. I wasn't doing anything.

I gave in and grabbed my phone.

I made it a half hour. It was the longest thirty minutes of my life.

I then proceeded to binge watch five documentaries on Netflix and gorge myself on all the internet while also checking messages on my phone. It was glorious. AND it was far more productive than twiddling my thumbs and staring at the walls. Do you know how much stuff I learned from the documentaries alone?!?!?! Too much to tell you, but don't worry I'm slowly giving Mona all the details (she loves it).


  1. That last paragraph is amazing! I have had many talks with people about how we need to take time off from the internet and technology. You made it 30 mins and then binged. That is the funniest thing ever. And I was smiling the whole time when you got to the part about your phone going off you just kept looking at it. Its horrible isn't it.

  2. It was the worst 30 mins of my life! Technology can be a good thing. I might have over done it a tad, but still...I learned a lot!