Wellness Wednesday - Why Work Doesn't Happen at Work

I've been struggling lately with not getting everything done that I am responsible for. Whether it's the dishes, laundry, a presentation for work, sending that email, calling a friend... It always seems like there are more tasks than there are hours in the day and it gets incredibly frustrating to feel like I will just never get caught up and no matter what productivity solution I try to implement I'm just going to fall out in a month anyway.

A friend of mine sent me this video and it made me wonder if the problem with work is being at work. Lately I have been spending most of my days in meetings, training people, or answering questions which isn't all bad but does take up a good amount of my day. In the end I don't accomplish the things I am getting paid to accomplish which makes me feel like it must be something wrong with me that I just can't get things done. Check out the video:

Jason Fried is the co-founder and president of 37signals , a Chicago-based company that builds web-based productivity tools that, in their words, "do less than the competition -- intentionally." 37signals' simple but powerful collaboration tools include Basecamp, Highrise, Backpack, Campfire, Ta-da List, and Writeboard. 37signals also developed and open-sourced the Ruby on Rails programming framework.

Fried is the co-author, with David Heinemeier Hansson, of the book Rework, about new ways to conceptualize working and creating. Salon's Scott Rosenberg called it "a minimalist manifesto that's profoundly practical. In a world where we all keep getting asked to do more with less, the authors show us how to do less and create more."

"[Facebook and Twitter] aren’t the real problems in the office. The real problems are what I like to call the M&Ms, the Managers and the Meetings." ~ Jason Fried
What do you do when you're feeling like you're so far behind that you'll never catch up? Do you have certain tricks you use to help you stay on task or are there things you do so you actually get through your to-do list? I find I can get things done as they come up and I am great at putting out a fire but I hate to always feel like I'm forgetting something or that I'll put others out because of my lack of planning.

Do you feel Jason has some valid points or do you believe that managers, meetings, and offices are essential to getting business done? I'd love to know your thoughts and strategies for staying ahead of the game!


  1. Anonymous10:59 AM

    I used to have times at work where I would be sitting in a meeting and I would think "why are we having this meeting?" Whether we'd already discussed the topic to death, or we weren't talking about anything that couldn't have been said in an email. It drove me nuts. As far as getting things done, I try to make lists and prioritize but find that the list making itself took up time. I'm going to try Any.do. and see how it goes.

    1. I am with you! Making lists always takes time and then I don't keep them updated and it's just a mess. Or I end up with 3-4 lists in different formats (paper, post-its, in Outlook, in a Google Doc, etc.) and then I can't keep what I'm doing straight. Sheesh... Seriously though the meeting thing is crazy. I am all for productive meetings with a purpose but when people keep rehashing the same thing it's a waste. I try to think to myself before setting a meeting if it would be ok to email something instead of setting a meeting.


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