Stop Trying to Be Productive

The New York Times:

It’s everywhere,” said Julie Ulstrup, 57, a photographer in Colorado. It’s in blog posts, it’s on social media, it’s in emails I get from people like, use this time productively!’ As if I usually don’t.”

But in the midst of a global pandemic that has upended nearly every facet of modern life, people are finding it harder and harder to get things done.

A few weeks ago, the optimistic thought was that it would only be a few weeks. I’m just as guilty of everyone for trying to get too many things done. I thought that by eliminating my commute I’d have all this extra time. But I don’t, and nobody else really does either. It mostly just got filled up with worrying.


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