Reading No Impact Man‘s latest post, inspired me to take a look at productivity in relationship to my day to day life. I had a hunch, the need to be ‘productive’ may not always work in favor of my green agenda.
In my comment to No Impact Man, I mentioned the subjective nature of productivity. Prad, for instance, has less of a need than I do, to accomplish lots in one day. I, on the other hand love to ‘work’, and to juggle several projects at once. The fuller my day is, the more tired and satisfied I feel. In Silicon Valley, I fit right in. Many of my friends are working for startups, and cannot find enough hours in their days to finish all their tasks. The need to feel productive rules our lives. This comes at a price
An obvious personal cost is the lack of time to be and to enjoy less quantifiable entities such as friendships, family, nature, and the simple things in life. A more insidious cost, also related to the lack of time, is the tendency to forsake green consciousness for convenience. My favorite excuse for driving the car instead of walking, is that I could not possibly get everything done otherwise. Same with using all the other time saving, but energy draining appliances around the house
I watch Prad go about his day, and I am always amazed by how much he is able to accomplish, without even trying very hard. Green Guru’s notion of productivity is different. Green Guru is satisfied most when he connects with his friends and with nature, and when he feels he has done his share of re-greening the Earth. Right now, he is cooking a solar financing deal with some of his buddies in Honolulu.