Productivity in lockdown

by - April 27, 2020


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I do want to make sure that my content is varied so not everything will be in relation to this pandemic, but as something that we are all affected by at the moment, I also want to be creating content that feels relevant. Relatable content that may bring some sort of comfort during what is a difficult time.

Being forced to slow down and having more time on our hands can be both a blessing and a curse. A blessing because having more time means that we can do more of the things we enjoy. But a curse because it can lead to the pressure to always be doing something and achieve lots. I have seen some influencers talk about this, but I have found that a lot of them in many ways are feeding into this pressure by constantly posting about "staying productive". 

I am not in any way knocking people who want to get things done - that is great and is also me at points. But, I think it becomes a very dangerous mindset to feel like because you have the time you need to be getting something done all of the time- whether it be personal projects, work-related or academic-related (as is in my case as a student). We all respond in different ways to a situation and even in this pandemic, whilst we are all going through it together, each one of us is in such different circumstances and has their own problems and personal issues to work through. 

We don't all need to smashing a To Do list every day and doing everything we haven't had time to do in the past. Sometimes it is just fine to get through the day - whilst we may have more time, we are also in living through something we have never lived before - our lives have drastically changed in a very short space of time. That can be difficult to get used to in itself without feeling the extra pressure to be doing it all now. 

I guess the bottom of line of what I am trying to say is - use this time to really check in with how you feel and respect whatever it is - if some days that means doing nothing so be it. If other days it is smashing a To Do list then perfect. These are crazy times and it can be really easy to let ourselves slip into a more negative place mentally or become more anxious and the last thing we need is to hold ourselves to unrealistic expectations. You don't need to be doing everything now- just getting through this is good enough in itself and something to be thankful for because not everyone will. 

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16 Comments

  1. So tru that it is a blessing and a curse. After the initial shock and depression I've been trying to use my time home wisely.

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  2. Hope you’re keeping well and your mental health has got better! ๐Ÿงก

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  3. Nice article, we all need to take things easy at this time; meditation, stay positive and leave healthy is all we need.

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    1. Yes you're right - thanks for your comment

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  4. So true..some days i just rest and do things i like..some others i work and get organized...there's no rule just do what you feel

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    1. Just have to take each day as it comes!

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  5. Nice blog..... Everyone is afraid in this time...and even spending whole time at home is also much boring....But using this time wisely is a good way to keep yourself happy...productivity in lockdown is a good idea....Thanks for sharing it.... (World in Eyes)

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    1. Thank you. Being productive (not necessarily just in the typical sense of school work and doing your job from home but also your hobbies) can be helpful as a way of coping. However, if you’re ever not feeling it or feel like you don’t get as much done it’s also OK because we’re in circumstances we have never been in before

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  6. It's so hard to be productive at home.

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    1. It can deffo be hard especially as it’s dependent on whatever circumstances you will be facing there and everyone is in a different situation. Hope you are keeping well ๐Ÿ’ž

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  7. I've found this pandemic to be a huge opportunity to improve my skills. I've been more productive recently because I can solely focus on my goals and am not being pulled every which way.

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    1. Yes this is definitely a good time to be able to learn new things! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  8. Actually I am in a situation now where even after working from home I wonder what and why am I working. I have absolute zero income but I still work because I love to.

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    1. If working keeps you happy, and is something helping you then go ahead ๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’™ that’s great

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  9. You say not everything should be related to the pandemic, but unfortunately I think it will be for awhile. And yes, it gives us time to catch up on a lot. Which is a good thing in the midst of the bad. Take care!

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    1. I didn’t say that everything shouldn’t be related to the pandemic- I was talking about making sure my blog wasn’t all just content related to the pandemic as I want people to also be able to come to my blog to read about things other than coronavirus and maybe be able to use this as a little escape. Hope that clarifies that if it was unclear ๐Ÿ˜Œ The pandemic will be a focus in the world for a while because it’s an incredibly important issue that threatens public health and as such it should be a priority. And yes whilst this pandemic is awful, it is nice we have time to catch up on things we may not have been able to do ☺️ Hope you are safe and well!

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