This post is an obligatory post. It exists because I said it would, which is a perfectly fine enough reason. But it does not exist because I particularly want it to at the moment. I publish posts on Thursdays, so that’s what this is. For the most part, it is obligated to exist only according to a construct of my creation, but that does not make that obligation, that commitment, any less important to me.
Once upon a time, way back when I was a writing and blogging newbie, I wrote about how working for yourself can make it feel like every day is a workday. The feeling remains true, but it also remains true that I have a measure of freedom to treat any given day like a Saturday.
Which is great! But in practice I find it much easier to treat everyday like Wednesday, leading to some level of guilt or frustration on any day that I don’t achieve a vague level of “productivity.” This might work better if I made an effort to define the level of productivity that was acceptable, but I have not done so.
When I’m not writing (or hiking, presently) I’m generally thinking about it or feeling that I should be doing those things. You can spin this as some sort of dedication to my work if you want, but that doesn’t mean it’s inherently a good thing. It’s probably useful up to a point, but it seems clear to me that it eventually becomes counterproductive.
What I’m getting at is that I find it difficult to turn off. But that’s what I’m going to do, as much as possible, for the rest of this week. This post is here because I said it would be, but now I’m off to take it easy.
In the meantime, here are some iPhone pictures from some recent activities to look at. Enjoy. Or don’t! Your call.
Featured image above is of Cedar Lake in Minneapolis, which is a place that does not suck to look at.