On busy-ness and productivity
Being productive is a critical skill in the modern age when we all have multiple commitments, tasks, assignments, and are also trying to make time for self-care and hobbies. It's why many of us either
a) constantly feel like our brain is a chaotic mess (but its become so chronic we don't realise it) or
b) resort to creating extensive lists, schedules and ahead of time and trying to control time.
There's nothing inherently wrong with either approach as long as you're finishing what needs to get done. But with lockdown in place, many of us may have noticed a change to our working patterns. Have you found yourself being able to work better? Or are you struggling to stay motivated? You might be overworking more now that you've got extra time, or beating yourself up for feeling productive enough.
But whichever group you fall in (or inbetween depending on the day), it can be immensely helpful to go back and think about why you want to be productive. Often times, it's not just to tick something off a list - it's to create more time to spend on the activities or with the people that you care about. Remembering this might remind you to be kinder to yourself for not going over that lecture, if you chose to spend some quality time chatting to a loved one. Or, it might bring about a better source of intrinsic motivation to get things done.