…..In bed that is. If you were hoping to get your teeth stuck into a blog post regarding the current affairs of our country’s EU membership, then I’m afraid you need to chew elsewhere (you won’t have to look far). However, if you consider the inner workings of my psyche to be a political referendum that might interest you then by all means, keep reading.
So, as I awoke to the chirping of my early-set alarm this morning, the debate began in the House of Commons that is my head. Do the benefits of dragging my hard worked body out of the safety and comfort of the duvet and into the tasks intended for the ‘golden’ early hours, outweigh the obvious beckoning of immediate satisfaction from allowing a longer bedtime burrito session of a lie in? At first, this may seem like an easy decision, but as the implications and consequences of both options are perused, it seems the matter becomes much more complex. This decision could decide my fate for the rest of the day and potentially, week.
On one side, I’m told to ‘hop-to-it’, get active, make a move, get motivated. “Productivity is the way forward.” On the other, a gentler nudge that acknowledges the fatigue I’m feeling and advocates it as justification to invest in more shut-eye. This head-heckling is not making my ballot an easy box to cross.
So here, head on my polling station pillow, I consider a ‘false productivity’ hypothesis. There seems so be a trend for pushing productivity at the moment, particularly in research for the work environment. In fact, this for me has led to an anxiety provoking pressure to always be productive. I need to take the time to step back and acknowledge that this, for any human, is simple impossible.
A few blog posts back I wrote of the elating benefits and buzz of productivity I found from practicing early morning yoga. Now, as much as I still endorse a quick mind and body enlightening practice, I do have an additional thought. Getting up super early to fill your morning with fitness, stretching or other ‘productive’ activities can make you feel like one of those #lifegoal Instagram super-yogi’s. BUT, don’t always be fooled by this ‘false-productivity’. Realistically, if you force your tired mind and body into a half-hearted half-lotus, you really will get little benefit. No zen for you Glen Coco. All this false productivity will do is set you up for a bad mood and a day of overall lower productivity.
Giving yourself a few more mindful moments of bed filled goodness could really set you up to tackle whatever your day is going to throw at you.
In my opinion, the link between mind and body is so undebatable. Therefore, finding the best way to balance work and rest (without causing an angry parliamentary divide) is surely the best way to please a political panel.
So, by all means I intend to cast my vote on how productive or unproductive my morning is, and so should you. But I intend to avoid making the decision based simply on a desire to feel I am simply ticking the productivity box, especially if the consequences of a rash rush to grab the yoga mat end up with a David Cameron style sulk for the rest of the day.
Take a sip from the cup of my mind, and let the thoughts brew...