I was sitting down to write a post on productivity. I have a list of books I want to eventually do reviews on. One on the list is Unbroken, by Laura Hillenbrand. This is a biography, not a nonfiction productivity book.
I got to thinking. Is it productive to read biographies or even fiction books for that matter? Part of me thinks not. I struggle to see the direct correlation such reading has to productivity.
However, just because I can’t measure, or find it hard to measure, the productivity of certain activities, this does not make them unproductive. Creativity is a product of such reading, which is not easily measured. Many activities, including reading fiction and biographies, can be very productive.
Just this week, I received a short but very encouraging text from a friend. I’m grateful that he didn’t attempt to measure the productivity of sending such a message. If he had, he probably would not have sent it. It was not “productive” to him. However, it boosted my energy level for the day and helped confirm some decisions that are in the works in my life.
Rest is another example. We tend towards getting less and less sleep, but this is not a productive endeavor. Studies show a lack of sleep can be debilitating to one’s productivity.
Bottom line, there are things we do for which it is difficult or impossible to measure the productivity of. A healthy dose of certain activities can be worth your time anyways. Make sure to make time for these.
What are some activities you prioritize in your life, even though they may not be immediately deemed “productive?” Please share in the comments section or on social media.