In our results-oriented world, there are countless ‘life hacks’ or quick fix techniques that individuals share in an attempt to help others be more productive. In our experience, we understand that these tactics can be helpful for some; however, we feel that in order for there to be lasting, transformative shifts in one’s productivity, there must be changes that individuals go through on a deeper, more subtle level. Quick fix techniques never seem to get to the root of the issue. It’s also crucial to take the time to define productivity, which is our company’s third value. We must also ask, why do we want to be productive so badly? And how much is our self-worth tied to how productive we are?
How we define the word productivity dictates the context of this entire article. In essence, the definition that our society takes is different from how Source Wellness frames productivity. Our society seems to take a more utilitarian approach to the word, as we learn that productivity is the amount of work that we do, or the amount of output that we have with our work. While there is absolutely nothing wrong with this definition, productivity can be framed in other ways. This reframe can bring greater health and mental well being.
It has been more helpful for us to frame productivity as the measurement of how helpful and harmonious our actions are with our life in general. For instance, we purposefully leave out something that was central to the first definition: tying productivity to work. We believe that something like slowing down, taking a moment to breathe, resting, and being in tune with ourselves are incredibly productive. Progress in our life isn’t linear, and we must appreciate how doing less may actually be the means of doing more.
So why do we care so much about productivity and work? Like all of our learned behaviors, it is rooted in cultural conditioning. We are taught that what we do for a living is a core part of life, and honestly, it is. Source Wellness believes that each person that works should at least find some fulfillment in what they do for a living. The problem arises when our productive motives do not align with what is beneficial for ourselves, each other, and the planet. It’s quite obvious at this point that we live in a consumer culture that values money over the well-being of all people. Therefore, we must change the way we frame productivity. We must change the way we sharpen our awareness, set intentions, and act from a space of compassion and clarity. Only then can we maximize our potential to truly be productive as a people. We need a productivity rooted in universal compassion, a deep care for the well-being of all humans and our planet.
In time, this is absolutely possible. We must simply learn how to shift our own perspective. With practice and patience, we must embody the values of mindfulness, stress management, productivity, and engaged compassion. Only by changing ourselves can we begin to improve the world around us. One way to do so is by noticing when we are hard on ourselves for not aligning with the traditional definition of productivity. When we don’t feel like we get enough work done, it’s okay. While there are set deadlines for a reason, and we must push ourselves to work to some degree, the problem is typically that our society works us too hard. Work life in this country leaves so many people physically, mentally, and emotionally exhausted. Therefore, we must notice when we are being hard on ourselves for taking breaks, for slowing down, for resting. Changing our pace depending on how we feel is essential. One day at a time, we must breathe deeper, practice gratitude, take time to take care of ourselves, and truly enjoy our life! After all, life is short. We might as well enjoy it. Have a great day.