Why are we not productive

Corona quarantine: do we have to be productive now?

One of them is finally learning Swedish, the other is programming and the third has already cleaned the apartment three times. Am I a bad person when I just want to lie around and do nothing?

on March 23rd, 2020, 8 a.m.

So that the coronavirus does not spread too quickly, we are currently staying at home '- and thus we involuntarily have a lot of time (at least some of us - others are currently busy saving the world. Thanks for that!). This long time is currently inspiring quite a few people to proudly announce what they are not doing now, everything that makes sense: Finally the bike is repaired, the wardrobe cleared out, the shelf installed or the home organ played.

That's all well and good, but: What if I don't want to be productive at all? Or maybe just lack the energy? What if I just lie on my couch, stare at my cell phone, and just want to move around to do my business or get some snacks? Do I have to feel guilty then? Am I a bad person at all?

Thanks a lot, capitalism!

We live in a capitalist society that keeps telling us that everything we do must have a purpose and improve ourselves or the world (or preferably both at the same time) in some way. Self-improvement and productivity will also be a top priority in 2020. Influencers and Twitter preachers are of little help. Tips like "How to get the best out of every day at home" here and posts like "Look how many plants I've already repotted" there, tell us subliminally: "Hey, what about you? Wouldn't it be over." the time to get your ass up and swing on the home trainer (which went up in misguided year-end euphoria) and the windows don't clean themselves either! "

Sure, it helps some to deal with this unfamiliar situation and remove one task after the other from their to-do list. But not others. And that's okay too. Or?

We want your worries

Of course, with all this we must not forget: It is a privilege to be able to happily pursue our hobbies and overdue errands. Many people are not in the fortunate position of asking themselves "Hmm, am I learning a card trick today or would I rather sort my sock drawer?" If you are challenged with energetic children, you will probably not ask yourself these questions. Even those who start to get on each other's nerves in unusual twosomes or multiples or feel the approach of depressive thoughts in involuntary isolation are probably busy with more serious questions.

Conclusion: Those who are not restricted in their freedom of choice by external or internal constraints should not make life difficult for themselves. I think: Anyone who wants to go through one project after the other with full energy should do so calmly (but not expect the same from everyone else); But if you feel that a phase of inactivity and freedom from any claims is exactly what your body and psyche have long been demanding in vain, you should take a deep breath and finally treat yourself to it. And without a guilty conscience.