I've found that social media can be a bit torturous lately with the number of updates on the virus coupled with people always pitching productivity tips and how to make the most of your time. Last night, like many work from home parents right now, we had a rough night. My daughter cried and was up most of the night; sleep regressions are the worst (aside from teething). My husband needed to wake up early to go into work for the first time in three months, and I was already exhausted after a week of toddler night tantrums. I decided to put EVERYTHING off today and embrace procrastination to the fullest.
Sometimes procrastination is procrastination. Right now, for me, procrastination meant being attentive to my needs at this moment. Screw productivity, screw making the most of this time, I NEED to stop and reset. I need to relax and refill my energy tanks. If I don't stop now, I'll be running on fumes by midweek and then on the side of the road by Friday.
The demands of the world right now are unreasonable for many of us, and it is entirely ok to recognize and adjust. Some people will thrive through this situation, and that is wonderful, but how we all define what thriving is might be different. On top of that, what we show the world on social media may not be the whole picture. I describe thriving in my life as feeling energized, passionate, and adventurous while embracing the moment and honouring my needs and dreams. In no way does taking a day to lay around in PJ's and watch cartoons with my munchkin not fit into that definition.
Before you go judging yourself on how productive you are, how you are handling this situation, or what you've accomplished, first define what thriving means in your life. If it involves listening to your needs and meeting them with compassion, then my friend, we might all be thriving.
- Michaela Anderson