Productivity; A Lockdown Competition
With the Pandemic induced lockdown taking a toll on our minds, social media is one thing most of us resort to. But, is this productivity competition that most of social media vouches for, actually healthy?
Working from home is one thing, however, measuring our productivity based on what others are doing is an unhealthy way of existence.
Just like someone once said “Another person’s beauty is not the absence of your own”, similarly, another person’s productivity should never be compared to your own, especially in times of a pandemic. We should always remember, what we see on Instagram or all these social media platforms are only the highlights of people’s lives. Comparing that to your entire day isn’t being fair to yourself!
Here are few tips on how to not turn quarantine into a productivity contest:
Understand, the grass is always greener on the other side. Think of those times when you desperately wanted a break and told all your friends “I need a long break where I can hibernate.”
Now, think of this as that time off. Why not make the most of what you have instead of cribbing about the situation being better on the other end.
Mental health over every damn thing
There is no productivity meter. We all see these posts surfacing Instagram, Twitter etc. talking about how if you don’t follow a schedule now you’ll never have discipline. Well only if you focused on the alternative post it had that said, if you don’t come out this quarantine with a new skill you are doing JUST FINE.
Since we all are going through a collective traumatic experience and not everyone has the privilege of turning a pandemic into a fun or productive experience. Prioritise your mental health over this productivity competition since that’s what precedes everything!
No Two Alike
The meaning of productivity differs from person to person. We often forget how definitions of terms like freedom, stability, AND productivity is often not the same for everyone.
For one, productivity might mean working out, cooking a new dish, and completing an assignment all in one day. However, on the other hand, for someone else, it might just mean cooking a dish. And that’s alright! As long as what we’re doing is making us feel satisfied with ourselves, we shouldn’t be in a race to win this “Productivity Contest”.
“Nobody is superior, nobody is inferior, but nobody is equal either. People are simply unique, incomparable. You are you, I am I. I have to contribute my potential to life; you have to contribute your potential to life. I have to discover my own being; you have to discover your own being.”
As Osho correctly said, no body is the same. Every individual is different and has their unique identity and it’s only fair to keep that in mind when we look at productivity.
Comparison is the thief of joy
We can never really be content or satisfied with what we’re doing, whether in the middle of an outbreak or not, if we’re always comparing. Firstly, not everything you see on social media is true. Secondly, someone else’s success should not set the bar for your happiness or sadness!
The Coronavirus outbreak has been nerve-racking for most of us. Keeping the situation in mind, we should understand most of us have struggled to keep stable mental health! In times like this, expecting one to be as productive as the others on a 24x7 hustle, or even expecting this from yourself isn’t something one should do.
No doubt productivity is important, schedule and routine is important, but taking baby steps, one day at a time is something we all should keep in mind. You really don’t have to make the most of a Pandemic.
You never see anyone flaunting their mistakes or errors. Everyone likes to talk about everything good they’re up to, that should never get you doubting or wondering your worth!
Understand, there’s no specific or correct way to go about it. Do it the way that suits you, that is comfortable for you. It’s important for us to realise this is new and unusual for all of us together. It’s not a battle against one another.
However, not being productive does not we don’t follow a routine. Routine is something that keeps us healthy mentally, whether or not we realise it. Keep a list of things that make you feel good and positive, things that uplift you. Try and do one of those in a day. Solely, because it makes you happy and satisfied. If it helps, limit the social media usage as and when it feels overwhelming or overpowering. Taking a break never harmed anyone.
In the end, we should remember, we all are in this together, and we will get through it together! You too can share your quarantine experience with the Now&Me COVID-19 Community.
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