On Productivity and Preoccupation

Ever have a day where you’re completely unfocused, where your mind wanders, where your time management skills are all shot to heck, and where the clouds drifting past the office are infinitely more interesting than the work on you desk?

Yeah, today was one of those days.

Which is why it came as a complete shock to me that I was actually productive. If not downright efficient.

Could I have gotten more done today? Sure. I could have taken a crack at the spreadsheets I need to finish by Thursday. But by the point where I could have looked at them, I was pretty well brain-fried; I’d written, all told, eight thousand words of the October catalog by four o’clock.

And for some reason, I decided today that I would no longer use the word “fall.” It would always be “autumn.”

That was my day. Unfocused. Preoccupied. Daydreaming. Brain-fried. And shockingly productive.

Published by Allyn

A writer, editor, journalist, sometimes coder, occasional historian, and all-around scholar, Allyn Gibson is the writer for Diamond Comic Distributors' monthly PREVIEWS catalog, used by comic book shops and throughout the comics industry, and the editor for its monthly order forms. In his over ten years in the industry, Allyn has interviewed comics creators and pop culture celebrities, covered conventions, analyzed industry revenue trends, and written copy for comics, toys, and other pop culture merchandise. Allyn is also known for his short fiction (including the Star Trek story "Make-Believe,"the Doctor Who short story "The Spindle of Necessity," and the ReDeus story "The Ginger Kid"). Allyn has been blogging regularly with WordPress since 2004.

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