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The Very Real And Serious Reason Why You’re Not As Productive As You Used To Be

It's okay to take it slow.
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Being holed up in our homes means finally having all the time in the world to work on the things we’ve been putting off because we said we didn’t have the time to do them. Now that we’ve got nothing else to do, it’s easy to expect ourselves to launch a passion project or commit to a regular home workout routine.

And yet, expectation is truly different from reality. Instead, we find ourselves less effective, unable to do the things we said we’d do, or accomplish as many tasks as we can using our free time. You might initially feel disappointed. You failed—yet again—to do the things you said you would. And this time, you have no excuse.

While it may feel like your decreased sense of productivity is inexcusable, it’s certainly not unreasonable. In situations like the one we’re in now, our last piece of worry should be about productivity.

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There are more pressing concerns at the moment.

While we’re at home worrying about the same old readings and exams, other people are forced to go outside to do their jobs to 1.) help prevent the spread of COVID-19, and 2.) earn income to sustain their—and their families’—daily expenses.

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True, our priorities in life are different—what doesn’t seem important for one person might mean the world for another. Still, it’s impossible for us turn a blind eye against the more urgent and weighty matters the entire world is facing. We are at odds against a global issue that would significantly affect how we go on about our lives in the future, so it’s okay if you’re taking it slow with your productivity rate to focus on staying informed about what you can do to help in the collective efforts against the pandemic.

We might be more stressed than usual.

Given our current setup, there’s certainly a lot of tension in the air. We’re all at the edge of our seats, anxiously staring at the increasing rate of COVID-19 cases, wondering if and when we’ll see progress.

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You might not notice it—you might even deny feeling it—but it’s possible that you’re more tensed and worried than you usually are. Which is understandable, so it’s fine to acknowledge these feelings as valid and warranted, and that they will definitely influence how we operate in our daily lives. As many studies have shown, stress and our overall psychological well-being affects our productivity. We can’t expect ourselves to be at our most productive state when our mental health is suffering. 

It’s more important to focus on your overall health.

Instead of pressuring ourselves over how unproductive we are, let’s make use of our time to take care of our health—physical, mental, emotional—and improve on what we can. Rather than pushing yourself to work non-stop, allot some time for decompressing from all the info you’ve read on the news or catch up with a friend online. If you’re feeling extra anxious because of the pandemic, here’s what you can do about it, according to a psychologist.

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Elaine Dela Cruz 14 hours ago

When everything around you suddenly turns dark, the first thing we'd prolly do, as humans, is to find and grab anything that is closest and nearest to us. We'll hold onto them for as long as we can, trying to collect ourselves and gather courage to adjust our eyesights to the pitch black environment that's consuming us minute by minute. And then you'd hear nothing. Your sense of hearing would somehow go off after not seeing anything for quite awhile. You'll let loose. Cry. Panic. You'll be exhausted for fighting your way out. Then just when you're about to stop and give up, you're no longer afraid. There's only this deafening silence and pithole of darkness that's gonna eat you up alive. And surprisingly, you'll make a home out of it.

You'll make a home out of the darkness that when a ray of light suddenly hits you, you'll try to avoid it. You'll try to cover your eyes. You'll try to cover your ears from the voices trying to help you get out of it. You'll try to hide because your mind and body will go against your will to come out and live. Because the darkness that used to scare you, now comforts you in a way you thought has helped you survived life. And you'll try to live. Day by day. In the darkness. Not knowing where to go. Not knowing where to start. Not knowing who is with you. You will try to live until the darkness that once surrounds you is now within you. And everyday, it's gonna be a cycle of subtle torture. But let me tell you a secret. The darkness won't make you whole.

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You'll be broken. And in those hair-like cracks, the light will stubbornly fight its way through until it warms you up. Until you realize to check the switch and turn it on. Until you allow other people to help you find your way back in the light. Until you realize you're ready to live in light again. There's a light at the end of this long and dreading tunnel. The only question that matters: will you let them in?

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