This month, we’re focusing on productivity, which you can read about here and here. Being productive is defined as: “Achieving or producing a significant amount or result.” That’s all fine and good, especially in your area of work, but what about the things in life that don’t produce a result? Are those things still worth your time, energy and money? We believe so, because life is about balance. Read on for some reminders of things that are good for your soul, even if they’re not productive.
1. Taking A Nap
I’m the worst nap taker. If I want to take a nap, I need like five hours: two of those to actually try and fall asleep, one hour of actual sleep and then another two hours to snooze my alarm to wake up. That being said, it’s definitely more productive to take five minutes and get an iced coffee, but sometimes it’s important to listen to your body and rest, even when it makes zero sense for your schedule.
2. Going For A Walk
Is taking an Uber or driving to your location quicker and easier? Yes, duh. Walking is not convenient a lot of the time but it’s so good to slow down, take in your surroundings and be reminded that not everything is immediate and instant.
3. Taking The Scenic Route
In college on spring break, my friends and I decided to drive the two hours from Scottsdale, Arizona to Sedona for a day trip. Once we got to Sedona, we realized the Grand Canyon was only another two-plus hours away. It was not convenient to add another four hours to our drive, but racing to the Grand Canyon just before sunset was one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever experienced.
4. Not Getting Your Food To Go
I’m such a culprit of getting food to go. No makeup plus no social interaction equals my ideal situation. Sitting and actually enjoying a meal is not something we’re good at as Americans. The other night, my husband and I went to sushi and we literally sat down, were served our food and paid the bill all within 30 minutes. It’s sad how much of a lost art enjoying a proper meal is.
5. Shopping IRL
Yes, online shopping is the way of our world, but who doesn’t love the mall?! OK, maybe a lot of you. The experience of going out to buy things we need isn’t necessarily productive, but it is a nice reminder to slow down and have a tangible experience. I also think it can be better on our wallets to try things on and rule things out more easily.