Stop Measuring Your Life in Productivity

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So I'm all for working towards your goals and getting things done. But it comes to a point when you can be over-focusing on productivity in many aspects of your life and this can have a negative impact on your mental health. 

Being productive in the workplace is great (as long as you aren't stressing too much). Similarly, if you have appointments or housework to do, it can be helpful to get some things done, especially if it means that your living space is cleaner and clearer. But for things like hobbies, you should not be focusing on them in a productivity mindset. For example, if you keep thinking to yourself that you need to complete a game or read a certain number of pages, can sour your experience and cause extra stress and anxiety. 

It can be nice to have a goal of which book you're focusing on reading, but you should not be focusing on reaching a taget, but rather enjoying the story and the time you are spending in that world. We can become so goal-oriented, that we can lose sight of the joy in things, which at the end of the day, is one of the most important things to spend your life feeling. We live for moments of joy. At the end of the day, are you going to think, "yes I had a great day, it was really fun' or 'I don't feel like I did enough and I didn't fully enjoy things as I could'. This also comes into effect with multi-tasking, for example trying to listen to an audiobook and doing social media content, just to feel more productive with your time. Just because it is an audiobook, does not mean that spending that time solely listening is a waste of time and you can enjoy it more without focusing on things that do not bring you joy.

Similarly, we can become so focused on 'getting things done', that we forget to see the beauty in life and how important spending time with people and experiencing things are. Joy can be found in many places.

Have you found yourself to be focusing on productivity too often? How do you deal with it?

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