In the last post, read it here to catch up, I stated that you should use this time to get ahead. Before that, Caleb gave ways to stay productive in self-isolation. I stand by both posts. At the same time, I’ve seen an overabundance of productivity videos, posts, and articles in the last week that make it seem like wasted time is the devil during this time. So let me add to my statements from last week. Balance is key!
Productivity on the Rise
I think it’s interesting that since 2011, there has been an increased interest in “productivity” videos on Youtube. It makes sense. 2008, the year I graduated high school, was also the year of the Great Recession. A lot of people lost their jobs. No one was worried about how to be more productive, they were worried about surviving. The peak of the trend was in 2016. I think a couple of things led to this increase.
Do you remember the song ‘Hustle Hard‘ by Ace Hood? It came out in 2011. I think everyone knows the “hustle hard” trend that has been around. I think for Millenials (those born between 1981-1996), especially the younger Millenials, it has become a badge of honor to hustle for success. We have people like @GaryVee who have become kind of synonymous with hustle culture.
I think the ‘hustle hard’ mentality in conjunction with rising cost in education, living necessities, and etc. has led to the rise of side hustles. And there is nothing wrong with that. This blog can be considered a side hustle. What this mentality has lead to is a search for balance. Hustle is on one side of the spectrum, productivity is close to it but moves closer to balance.
The Search for Using Time Wisely
I believe the productivity trend came as an outcome of the hustle mentality. People are tired. The ‘hustle hard’ mentality is portrayed as late nights and early mornings all the time. Productivity was the search of trying to get more sleep and utilize the hours you have more efficiently.
On productivity videos, you see a spectrum. Some are proponents for waking up early and correlating this with success because some of the richest people in America wake up early. Some are proponents for finding when you are more productive. All of them in a subtle way or not promote entrepreneurship.
Balancing Hustle/Productivity and Rest
I follow a lot of productivity/hustle hard Youtubers, but I make sure they are people speaking about rest. During this time, people are being forced to rest. Although people are still working, either from home or actually going into work, we all have more time than we have had in a while. Parents are having to balance teaching their children and working. I have no clue what that is like but I can imagine it is rough. Really rough. But they too are trying to find that balance.
I consider active rest as those activities you can do while laying around but still better yourself. A lot of the examples I gave in last week’s post apply here. Reading a book or article, listening to a podcast, and communicating. Each of these things you can lay around and do. You can communicate and listen to a podcast while doing something that you have to do anyways like cleaning or cooking.
Active rest are things that really don’t seem like hard work but are more helpful and enjoyable than you think. I’m a big proponent for books and podcasts that are in line with your interests. Funny podcasts and fiction books can be beneficial just as much as nonfiction books and podcasts that teach you something. With anything you have to decide how it will be beneficial to you.
‘Getting Lost’ Rest
‘Getting lost’ rest are those activities that you do to take your mind off things. I bought a Crash Bandicoot game yesterday for my x-box one. Do I regret the purchase? Absolutely not. Video games are good ways to that your mind off what’s going on. Streaming/TV is one of those activities too. I have my queue up and ready to go. Its always being added to.
This type of rest is beneficial in my mind as well. It gives your mind and body a chance to just refresh. You relax. Your mind is not racing from one problem to the next. You can use this time to communicate and spend time with family members as well as doing these things. Me and mom my watch HGTV. During the shows, we talk about our preferences and what we like and don’t like about the property being shown. We enjoy these times together.
You may ask what is the point. The point is don’t let social media seem like you have to have everything put together when this is all over. You don’t have to have a new language learned when this is over. Or have read 30 books, or have that “honey-do list” done, or have your kids prepared for the next 2 grades they are going to.
My point is to find balance. You don’t have to your day planned every single day. If you have that hustle mentality, then do that, but also take the time to rest. You don’t have to be the productivity king or queen like social media is trying to portray. Give yourself grace during this period. Find what works for you. Experiment. But definitely come out of this a better version of yourself than you went in and only you can determine what that means.