There is no doubt that COVID-19 has impacted all of our lives.

This unprecedented global event has affected us all and impacts us in unique ways. Some find themselves facing higher risks at work, some restricted to their homes, and some without homes at all.

Fortunately (and sometimes, unfortunately), we live in an age of information. There are thousands of resources readily available to those with an internet connection that serves to guide us through this challenging time. However, many focus on using this time to be productive, to start or finish your grand ‘To-Do List’, to make the most of our ‘time off.’ While these can be wonderful in their promotion of routine and work-ethic building, for many this standard of high-productivity is unattainable.

Our main takeaway is this: Do what is best for YOU.

At the moment, our brains are working overtime processing new and often heavy information every single day. Trying to process this information alone is exhausting, but adding on the pressure of performing at the same capacity as before the pandemic is even more challenging.

We are all in a period of adaptation and adjustment. Our previous stressors and work-life balance are dramatically changing. And that is OK.

If you are reading any of the social media posts or articles listing activities to do or what type of mindset you should have, do not feel obligated to relate or follow them if they are not compatible with your life or current mindset. Instead, try taking away bits and pieces that bring you comfort or you think might help you cope. Sometimes having a deadline gives us a sense of fulfillment when it’s finished, sometimes it just creates additional anxiety. Everyone is different, and while comparing our ‘pandemic productivity’ can give us a sense of community, it’s important to remember that.

Is working from home allowing you to keep busy and start new projects that have been on the back burner? Great!

Is re-watching your favourite TV show offering some distraction from the constant worry you are feeling? Thank you, Netflix!

Did you take a break from home cooking and order some takeout? Hey, you just supported a local business!

As in the case with anything, strive for moderation. Did you help your child complete a school project? Try making your next activity fun or relaxing. You shouldn’t feel like you need to be happy or positive at all times, ride out the emotions. They are fleeting. They come and go. Our journeys are not a competition.

Whether you are spending your time reading books, watching movies, working, helping others, caring for loved ones, cooking, engaging in fitness, or journaling, what you are doing is enough.

In closing, we will leave you with this quote from Shellie Deloyer of Bright Futures Solutions for your consideration:

Change it up! Instead of developing a “to-do list” ask yourself who you’re going to be today.

Ex. “Today, I am going to be calm, focused, and present.”

“Today, I am going to be chill, thoughtful, and relaxed.”

Give yourself permission to navigate who you are going to show up as today.

Bottom line: Your individual experience is important, it is getting you through this time.

If you’d like to continue reading on this subject, here are some articles that inspired us:

Why You Should Ignore All That Coronavirus-Inspired Productivity Pressure

Photo: Apu Gomes, AFP, Getty Images

By Aisha S. Ahmad

Key Points:

  • Take what you need, and leave the rest.
  • Make ample room to allow for a mental adjustment.
  • You will need a team in the weeks and months ahead.
  • Our essential mental shifts require humility and patience.
  • On the other side of this journey of acceptance are hope and resilience.

To Be Productive During A Pandemic Or Not To Be? Ask A Productivity Coach Not The Internet

Photo: Courtesy of Rose Anne Uwague

By RaVal Davis

Key Points:

  • Expectations are the biggest hindrance to productivity.
  • Ensure that there are shared expectations and clear communication.
  • Activity is not productivity.
  • Give yourself grace.
  • Acknowledge the feeling.