on productivity and creativity during hard times…

it has been over a month since we’ve entered self-isolation or whatever this thing we’re living is, and i must admit; keeping a productive schedule and accomplishing my goals of the day has become pretty hard.

the first two weeks were just GREAT. i woke up early, did my college assignements, read books, even wrote some post ideas here and there and watched a whole show (elite, if you want to know). but here we are, five weeks into self-isolation, and i feel like my productivity rate is slowly getting lower. there doesn’t seem to be a specific reason for that, except for maybe the fact that i keep repeating the same things every day without seeing an aim for it, or the fact that i don’t see the end of all of this anymore…

my productivity is drained, my creativity nowhere near existent right now. i am very aware of the fact that i don’t necessarly have to be productive or creative because the pressure of everything happening in the world is very real, and certainly not only on me, but still. i keep hearing this voice inside my head telling me that i have to do more. (the voice have been here forever, but a little more present during times like these where i do a lot of thinking.)

i think that i’m not the only one who feels this way, that’s why i decided to write this small post as a reminder to myself and especially to you, dear reader, that you do not need to be extremely productive during this time. society tricks us into thinking that we are valued by how much we do, and it’s hard to believe otherwise, since it’s so rooted in us. but mental health is very important too, and self-isolation is hard, even if “you’re only asked to stay home”. because we’re not only asked that, but we’re asked to stay away from people we love, change our routines, and live every day like a sunday, which, as easy it may seem, becomes exhausting.

i do not hope to be more productive, but to be more accepting of what i do in my day. i have not messed up my sleeping schedule yet, at least there’s that. it is okay if i just take care of my physical and mental health, and have fun here and there.

everything will be okay 🙂

22 Replies to “on productivity and creativity during hard times…”

  1. i love this post a lot, maha!! especially since this is a message i need right now ❤ i was supposed to finish the last three homework assignments i had this week today but i took the day off to do watch shows and generally do nothing and felt bad, but you're right, we should take it easy! i love the idea of just taking care of our mental and physical health first, rather than feeding into all these ideas of productivity. (and wow i am very jealous of how you haven't messed up your sleep yet… i wish!!)

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  2. I can relate to this a lot, I also have felt that my productivity is decreasing, and even have some trouble figuring out which day it is, I get tired more easily, … It sucks. I try to tell myself that it’s fine, but deadlines tell me otherwise. Keeping a positive mind is getting super hard, too. But we’ll be alright! I hope things get easier and better for you ❤

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  3. Ugh I agree with you so much here!! I feel like I’m on a three day schedule, three days of being productive and creative and than three days of being able to not complete utterly anything!! It’s a vicious cycle and yet it keeps on repeating 🙃 and I’ve been meaning to watch Elite! I’m watching Sex Education at the moment and really liking it! Great post 🙂

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  4. thank you so much for this post! I have been really struggling with productivity and feeling like I should be more productive sine I have more time on my hands but honestly it’s so challenging to stay focused.

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  5. This post is so necessary & I love it so much, thank you for this.💗It’s such an unprecedented time and while I do sometimes feel productive and on top of things, there are definitely days where I don’t feel like I can do anything, and I need to remember that it’s okay to give myself time to just be. Again, thank you!

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  6. girrrl i totally relate. i enrolled in this online course as all my studies have been cancelled, just for something to do, and I can’t even make myself do that??? but for me I’m still trying to keep a routine during the week (mon to Fri I get up at 9 and do yoga) to make myself feel less slob-like but day to day it totally depends. sometimes I’m fine and sometimes I’m not?

    I hope that everything is alright, and you continue to go day to day, and don’t push yourself!! ❤

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