Beware! The termites of productivity!
Sometimes they pop up when you least expect them, other times you can see them coming from a mile off – yet, no matter how hard you try to fight them, they can end up getting the better of you.
Usually it happens when you’re working remotely or freelancing, but it can happen when you’re in the office too.
By termites, I mean those little problems that pop up and plague you to the point that they break into your productivity or, even worse, your creativity.
Earlier today I’d just set sails into a sea of creativity when I fell victim to a termite of productivity.
In the shape of this USB mouse:
The track pad on my laptop has seen better days (along with the laptop itself) and, to try and delay buying a new one as much as possible, I decided to invest in a USB mouse.
I connected it and all was running smoothly for about thirty seconds.
Then it, quite randomly, decided to disconnect itself.
Was it the batteries? No.
Was it a potential hacker? No.
Was the mouse faulty? Unknown.
Was it conspiracy? *puts tinfoil hat on*
Did plugging it in and out again work? Yes.
But…the problem persisted.
Every few minutes it would decide to disconnected itself, so I’d have to stop my flow and reconnect it.
Doesn’t sound too bad…yet, when you’re working to deadlines, those minutes add up and, because you’re so intent on fixing the problem, you can lose track of just how much time you’ve lost.
Thus, the termites of productivity – little problems that slowly creep up and take away your time.
I’m sure you all know what I mean.
Don’t let them ole termites break you.
Keep your focus and keep the end goal in mind.
…now, let me email the company I bought it from…(oh wait, that’ll eat up even more of my time)