I've been struggling with productivity a lot over the past few weeks. I keep comparing myself to my dad, who worked a very demanding 50+ hour workweek and still managed to build a ton of furniture, plant dozens of trees, and take me on trips all the time.

I realize the secret to his productivity is that he had a stay at home spouse to do all of the cooking, cleaning, and domestic work that enabled him to be an ultra productive ubermensch.

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I, too, work a full time job, but I also do most of the cooking and a lot of the other housework. I ain't got nothing left for the paintbrush at the end of the day.

I wish our economic system placed more value on stay at home spouses. We talk about them dismissively, use "housewife" as a pejorative, but their work is so important.

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