How To Stop Feeling Guilty After Being Unproductive

Like most humans, I strive to be as productive as I possibly can be every single day. Even completing a mundane task like going to the bank or grocery shopping can bring me a feeling of inner satisfaction. When I was in college, I used to have days where I’d do next to nothing quite often. Those days are few and far between now. In fact, I can’t remember the last time I had a day where I didn’t do one single productive thing with my time. Because the truth is, being unproductive makes me feel really down. I constantly beat myself up when I choose to watch Netflix over a variety of other more important things I could be doing.

I know that I’m not alone in feeling this way, but I also do know that there are many people who are perfectly happy with not being the most productive every single flippin’ day. For example, I’m sure there are many people that don’t feel bad about binge watching season 5 of House of Cards in one sitting. I am just not one of those people. Therefore, I thought it was important to start looking at productivity in a different light. I’ve come to the conclusion that being unproductive isn’t always a bad thing. And if you’re like me, hopefully you’ll find these tips helpful.

You’re Only Human. Having ambition is a beautiful thing, but it could also make you your worst enemy. Have you ever thought that maybe you set your expectations too high? It’s not that you’re being lazy, but merely the fact that you have human limitations and that’s perfectly okay. Tomorrow is a new day where you can start fresh.

Being Unproductive Can Foster Creativity. Running yourself ragged will only be detrimental in the long run. You need some time to relax, refresh and take a breather from everyday life stress to come back ready to work. Downtime is very necessary for your mental and emotional health. There’s a reason why your best ideas come to you during moments of chill time! I feel most creative when I’m alone at home thinking about everything and nothing at the same time.

You Are More Than Your To-Do List. In the grand scheme of things, your self-worth isn’t measured by how productive you are. Learn to develop self-compassion with yourself when you fall short in life because it’s inevitably going to happen. That’s how we all learn and grow as flawed human beings. Some of the mistakes or rough times I’ve had in the past have only shaped who I am today. Having thicker skin and a stronger mentality has allowed me to really go after what I want and be an overall happier person.

What are some ways you deal with guilt after having an unproductive day?

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