Get a dog, become more productive?


Hi, I’m Deidre. In my posts, I talk about my voyage down the road of self-employment as a web copywriter, my achievements and roadblocks along the way, and what I’m learning as I go (with Marketing Mentor as my guide).

I have been out walking miles every morning at 7:30 AM for the past three weeks. Every single day. If you know me, you know just how odd this is. I quite happily used to go days without leaving the house. And I certainly never went outside before noon if I could avoid it. But these days, I’m wide awake and meandering country roads while the morning commuters head to work. And to my shock and surprise, it feels pretty amazing.

Why this sudden, drastic change? It’s because I adopted a dog. She needs to walk, so I pretty much have no choice, which is a good thing.

For the first few weeks, it was a major transition. It was tough. But now I’m starting to wonder—is this actually making me more productive? I think it might be! Breaking up my time into chunks like this forces me to step away, take breaks, and be more efficient when I am working. Even though I technically have more to do, it has given more structure to my day (and forced me to get moving much earlier)!

If exercise for exercise’s sake isn’t enough to get you moving, I guarantee a canine friend will. Now—I’m off for a quick walk…

*Photo, Cannoli, my new dog.