I think we can all agree, this time in quarantine has given all of us an excess amount of time on our hands. For some of us, we welcomed all of this extra time. For others, we wondered what in the world we would do to fill our time. However, the further we get into staying at home, the more I’m noticing we feel guilty for having so much time to ourselves. So, in this week’s blog post, I wanted to share my thoughts on productivity during this quarantine.
Like most essential workers, I’ve still found myself physically going to work most days. However, that was it. No rehearsals, no time with friends, nothing. Suddenly, I had time on my hands, At first, I welcomed the change. I had just closed a show, and was ready for a little bit of downtime. However, I don’t think anyone thought this downtime would last as long as it has. I started really diving into my blog and online fitness and nutrition coaching business (visit the fitness page on my website alexandraraye.online to learn more)
Now, we’re in month 5 of this quarantine. And, because extra time has become so normal, there are days when I find myself wanting to indulge in that extra time, only to feel guilty when I do. I always feel like I have to be “hustling” 24/7, and doing something productive. However, I’m learning that being productive can mean different things to different people. For some people, it means going to work/working on your business. For others, it means self care. In some cases, it literally means giving yourself permission to do absolutely nothing.
I’m trying to learn that really, it’s all about balance. It’s about finding time for yourself, while also making time for important things, (work, my business/blog). Slowing down is something I’ve definitely always struggled with. In fact, I sometimes get down on myself because I feel like I’m not doing enough. However, I’m starting to understand that in a strange way, quarantine has given me the gift of learning an important lesson; slowing down isn’t a bad thing.
How has quarantine made you feel about having extra time on your hands? Share your thoughts in the comments!