“Efficiently unproductive” or “Zoned”

Ever have one of those days where you feel like you’ve been busy doing a whole lot of nothing? I seem to have those all too often. I’m whipped…and what did I do today? I got up at 10, made some South Beach-compatible breakfast, sifted through some pictures from the weekend’s wedding-photo job, showered, loaded up pop bottles to return, loaded up my laptop so I could retrieve my battery that got lost in Sunday’s Best Buy exchange, performed the bottle returns and battery retrieval, then headed to SAU to take some pics of freshman move-in day. Whew!

For that, I ran around campus for a few hours taking pictures, breaking for an hour in the middle to try and do some odds and ends in the office. Turns out, the Office 2003 upgrade that was supposed to happen via the network over the weekend didn’t run as smoothly as our IT department would have liked; my computer could accomplish pretty much NOTHING. Seems the install was bunk. So, I ended up bringing the work home.

So I’ve been working on that and editing some more wedding photos from one I did about a month ago. And then there are these two other side jobs I’m trying to work up bids for. That’s going nowhere fast.

My Labor Day has been arduous…yet seemingly worthless. I know I’ve gotten stuff done, but I just feel blah. I usually feel energized if I’ve been productive.

Whatever…I can be a weirdo sometimes. Look into stuff too much. And that’s probably what I’m doing. So, I’m going to call it a day and just get back at it tomorrow. No sense staying up and trying to get done what I feel I should have been able to get done. That will just lead to unproductivity tomorrow and the cycle would likely repeat.

By Joel Maust

Joel Maust is a marketer, blogger and photographer living in the beautiful Flathead Valley of northwest Montana.

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