Is productivity king? I used to think so. I thought that tackling my way through my to-do lists, getting x, y, and z done before lunchtime was most important. But as I’m juggling multiple balls in my work life, side project life, and personal life, I’m beginning to think that something is missing.
As you may know, I have my normal “9-5” job at Dagger, a digital agency made up of some of the most badass and fierce people I’ve ever met. On the side, I’m trying to get Steeple up and off the ground. (Progress is slowly but surely being made!) And on the other side, I’m 1/3 of an acoustic bluegrass/americana band, Crooked Wits, quickly booking gigs and gaining popularity in my hometown of Roswell, GA.
This is all really good stuff – stuff that brings me joy and fulfillment and excitement. But because it’s just a lot of stuff, I’ve noticed that my productivity is becoming a mindless action. I’m still checking things off my to-do lists, don’t get me wrong. What’s changed, however, is that I’ve turned into a mechanical robot that just gets sh*t done.
So while making lists and checking items off said lists is still a part of my daily operations, an addition to my daily operations is seeking out inspiration. The truth of the matter, which has taken me some time to decode, is that those magical unicorn moments of inspiration aren’t served to me on a silver platter. Rather, I must make the choice to be inspired and to find inspiration.