It’s OK to be UNproductive.
As a full-time professional, wife and mother, I deeply understand the ever-increasing demands for output. Technology has only fueled the problem. Computers process mind-blowing amounts of information, which creates an expectation for humans to keep up. There is an unrelenting quest to be faster, better, more productive.
This virtuous, yet losing pursuit takes a toll. Humans have finite energy. The well runs dry. Our tank hits empty.
This trend is unsustainable for Americans. There is no coincidence that each generation reports higher stress levels than the last, and health problems rise accordingly. One cannot be constantly productive without paying tolls, health being a significant one.
Though I make a living helping people be more productive, I strongly preach the antithesis…rest. Following times of great exertion, there must be an absence of effort. It is biblical. God rested on the seventh day.
As much as we aim to be productive, let us aim to be unproductive. Fight for times of rest, those without aim or purpose. Then, and only then, will you experience the highest form of output.
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*Chart from the American Psychological Association’s 2015 Stress in America Report