How Unproductive Saturdays Help You Ultimately Get More Done

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Jan. 14 2021, Published 2:10 a.m. ET

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We are raised to believe that the most successful woman is the one who deprives herself from rest, that it’s often necessary to always be busy and do work to reach a maximum desired level of productivity and earn more money.

But, how accurate is that in the modern-day?

Rest To Run

For our fortune, the mirror in society that reflects oppressive traditional patterns is shattering into small pieces of glass, that while being rebuilt, create a new way of thinking.

This new way of thinking can be applied to how we conceive productivity in our daily labor. Moreover, a study from the European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology suggests that recovery before and during work can foster employees’ daily work engagement for the better.

Nowadays, we support the idea of tranquility instead of chaos in order to recharge and come back fresher than before, because being focused is more effective than being busy.

In fact, according to Amy Blaschka’s “The Fastest Way To Be More Productive Is To Slow Down” for Forbes, “the counterintuitive solution to productivity may lie in the very thing we fear will impede it: slowing down.”

Likewise, this will help us in the process of staying calm enough to see things as clear as possible and make better decisions.

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Common Results Of Over-Productivity

1. Burn out -after excessive labor demands, an exhaustive psychical and emotional state is sadly habitual.

2. Physical illnesses – including back problems, headaches or worse.

3. Mental health struggles – chronic stress, anxiety, and depression are familiar in a wide variety of situations in someone’s lifetime, however, they can become worse after feeling burned out.

For example, as stated by Matti Laine, a professor of Psychology at Åbo Akademi University in Finland for BBC, when you’re anxious, your head is full of those thoughts, and your brain is somehow biased and paying more attention to negative things.

Of course, such claims possess unfortunate effects while working.

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Therefore, a Saturday morning is usually seen as this go-to period of time taken to do everything we couldn’t finish during the week or to even start those tasks that need to be done for future days.

We believe that spending a few hours in bed reading that all-time favorite book of yours (ok, sleeping is available too, trust me) is a sin, and planning to cook a delicious recipe you’ve seen before on Instagram is a waste of time.

Thus, I often find myself feeling guilty because of how frequently I have such distorted thoughts.

Change Your Vision

Blaschka, a contributor for Forbes, also talks about shifting perspectives, she explores the idea of losing the guilt when slowing down, “remember that taking short breaks and vacations are elements of—not detractors from—success.”

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In addition, somewhere across the internet, I read that a PC can’t work properly if it has an excessive quantity of programs being processed all at once.

I found it quite interesting and that analogy can be applied to humans too.

Although the power of taking a pause is undervalued, do not rush because the key career we have so far is to keep undergoing life, the work you’re doing right now is appreciated.

To sum up, I think over-productivity today is related to increasing unhealthy levels of accomplishments where something isn’t enough and a lot is a little.

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By: Luisana Rodríguez

As a psychology major and bilingual content writer, Luisana finds joy by researching about lifestyle and wellness topics as well as mental health related content. If she's not writing, she's probably planning brunch dates, cooking up some TikTok recipes, or looking for a new online course to take.

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