• Madelynne Juenger

Positivity & Productivity

Somewhere along the lines of my life I began to link positivity exclusively with productivity. I couldn’t be happy or feel content unless I was constantly doing something and also had something planned to do in the near future.

I’m the type of person who relies heavily on the reassurance of a completed to-do list. And I’m also the type of person who will write down things I’ve already done just to check them off and give myself a little pat on the back. I like the physical proof that I’ve done something with my day. I like to be able to go through my mental lists and prove to everyone that I didn’t waste all the time I had while I was awake.

And because of this, I find it extremely difficult to ever sit still. I can never fully relax because my mind is buzzing with all the things I could be doing, and should be doing, and am not doing. It’s honestly very annoying and I would love to tell my mind to shut up for a bit, but unfortunately, it’s extremely stubborn and won’t listen. Gosh dang it.

But if you Google “positivity” or “self care” I promise you that every article you read will mention something about slowing down. “Take a minute for yourself,” they say! “Relax and unwind! Me time is important!” Ah, if only it were that simple Google.

But the problem is that they’re right. Taking the time to tune everything out for a bit is pretty crucial to staying sane. You can only run around doing errands for so long until you start to resemble a chicken with its head cut off. Not a pretty sight.

Fortunately, after years of running around like the pre-discussed chicken, I have finally found two loopholes to this predicament!

Number one: do small, simple chores that you can accomplish quickly, so that you feel productive and have more time to relax. For example, if I water my plants, put laundry in the wash, and make my bed, then I don’t feel so bad about sitting down and reading for a while. Three checks on my to-do list makes for a happy conscious and a slightly more focused mind.

Number two: be productive, but in a slow and thoughtful way. Instead of rushing through something simply to finish it, take the time to put your full effort into it. It’s better to have five thoughtfully completed tasks, then ten haphazardly done ones. Your mind will have more time to focus and slow down and your body will thank you for this.

So let’s accept that we can’t read ten novels, save the world, and travel a new continent all in one day! Instead, let’s make our beds, eat a chocolate banana popsicle, and plan the world saving for next week.



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