Yes, you did read that correctly. Ladies, I am here to inform you that it is actually okay to not be productive sometimes. Unfortunately, that sentence isn’t something we hear often. In today’s society everything is constantly moving. There is truth in the statement “the city that never sleeps”, however it isn’t set in one place, it is everywhere. We all have such high expectations of ourselves, such impeding social pressures in which we feel we need to perform. I’m not sure if you have noticed as much as I have but everything is starting to feel like a bit of a competition and I am calling bulls***!
If you’ve set some goals whether it is around the house, on yourself, with the kids, with your partner or in your job and haven’t gotten around to starting them, it’s okay. Perhaps Aunt Flo came to visit so instead of de-cluttering the garage you spent the day watching Netflix, it’s okay. If you haven’t made the banana bread that people on Instagram seem to be making in their spare time, it’s okay. It’s all okay.
There is a productivity hype happening all around us. More and more, people are using social media to document what new dish they’ve cooked, what home project they’ve finished or what new skills they have learnt and then what happens? You feel guilty for no doing the same.
Remember, we all live different lives and have different reasons for doing things. Some people may be cooking new dishes regularly to show off, some may be doing it because they genuinely love it. Don’t feel like you have to do something because you’ll be wasting time if you don’t. If you want to finish off that Netflix series because you finally have some time to sit down and watch it, then do it. If you want to exercise, do it because you want to take care of your health and not because you see others doing it and feel like you have to.
Now we aren’t saying put everything in life on hold and watch Netflix for the next month (although… how amazing). We are simply saying, stop comparing yourself to others, stop feeling like you have to do things because others are, and stop feeling like you always need to be productive. It is okay to relax. It is okay to have some you time. It is okay to not be productive.
The rule of thumb in life is everything in moderation. Have your productive days and have your chill out days. Set realistic goals and expectations for yourself and try having some time away from your mobile so that you can stop comparing yourself with others. You do you, boo.