***Elephant walks in the room***
Unproductively is OK.
There I said it…
Life likes to get in the way of productivity – and there is nothing wrong with that.
I was reminded of that yet again today when my little one who has been sick the last two weeks straight, was finally well enough to go to school today. Until he wasn’t.
See, the thing was that he wasn’t emotionally ready, and so it derailed our entire morning…and day. Tears, snot, the whole 9 yards.
And this isn’t the first time our morning has gotten derailed lately. We’ve had nearly two straight weeks of some level of derailment with this latest cold bout.
Far too often in our society, hustle is rewarded, and slacking off is looked down upon like the plague.
Well guess what? We’ve now been through a real-life plague, and I think if there is one thing we have been reminded of over and over again. Life is too short.
It is ok to not be ok.
And it is completely ok to be unproductive.
You can’t sustain productivity 24/7
Hustle culture and the “work hard play hard” mentality of Corporate America confuse us into thinking that it is possible to work harder than your’ competitors and win, win, win.
Well guess what? It doesn’t work.
Your’ competitors work just as hard as you!
In the long-run hustle for hustle’s sake doesn’t work.
Sustained work without periods of rest are simply not good for you and can lead to:
- Body Aches
- Stress on your heart
I used to have to force employees to take time off. That is how bad of a state some of us are in when it comes to being productive.
Being unproductive is an art
I’d even go so far to say that being unproductive is an art. A real art.
But as much as I always have embraced The 4-Hour Workweek mentality, too many don’t.
And that is why being unproductive is an art.
Usually my spurts of being unproductive come from an outside force like my kids being sick, an unanticipated problem at work, a computer problem, a heath issue, or random call from a friend in need – the list goes on and on!
And that is ok, because being unproductive is part of life.
You can’t always plan your unproductively out like a vacation, but you can realize that it is part of the process.
Productive days don’t come without the unproductive
Realizing that productivity cannot come without the opposite side of the coin is really important.
But at the end of the day, you need the unproductive days to reset the mind. And you should find a way to harness them into your routine.
You could consider turning off work emails on the weekends.
Completely clear your mind on your days off.
Take time to do nothing. Absolutely nothing.
Use these times to clear your mental space for the other times when you do want and need to be extremely productive.
But also try not to sweat the small stuff.
If you have an unproductive day for whatever reason. It is ok.
You probably needed it.