I didn’t get to post a quote on Sunday because I was too busy celebrating the one-month miracle. But I found a quote that I really liked so I wanted to share.
Being busy does not always mean real work. The object of all work is production or accomplishment and to either of these ends there must be forethought, system, planning, intelligence, and honest purpose, as well as perspiration. Seeming to do is not doing.
–Thomas A. Edison
One of the things that I find to be true of myself is that the little time that I spend actually working, I am working hard. It’s usually on something that I have premeditated, planned on accomplishing, and want very much. For me, it has to have those components in order to bypass the distracted tendencies of my mind. So, even though getting a graduate degree for me could be viewed as the totality of a smattering of intense study-sessions and panicked projects that occurred at the perimeters of the class-periods when things were due (as opposed to a consistent, staid, gradual progression of reading, application, and accomplishment), those moments were absolutely germane to my endgame, and achieved the same aim.
Sometimes I feel that my productivity doesn’t “count” as much because of a lack of consistency–like that maybe the haphazard nature of my productivity makes the end result as splotchy as my productivity feels. But I think this quote gives hope–it is saying that the thing that matters is the actual work. Busyness is busyness. But accomplishment is application of skills to a specific aim until that aim is achieved, no matter when or how (or just how inconsistently) that application is executed.