We All Are In A Spot

One has to realize that all kinds of people, upper-middle-class, middle or working class, have their job and livelihood at stake right now.

It is best to be compassionate and grateful and not let the feelings of fear, panic or stress creep into the mind. Keep yourself cheered up with small pleasures and endure this ‘At Home’ time.

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Stop Trying to Be Productive

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Always On Work

The ‘Always-On-Work’ culture makes the people's identity tied to their job and there is an unspoken belief that every minute of one’s lives must be commodified and turned into profit or self-improvement. 

Most youngsters carry this impulse to optimize every minute of their lives. There is a tendency to keep ‘doing’ stuff, instead of just ‘being’.

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As more and more people work from home, there is a new kind of pressure: Maximum Productivity. In the middle of a worldwide crisis, the Internet is filled with stories of people organizing themselves, working out, baking delicacies, or writing books, making full use of their time, apparently. 

This leaves those simply trying to raise their kids while working from home feel as if they are not doing enough. It is also harder to do stuff in the midst of a global pandemic, which has affected every facet of modern life, making being at home less of a luxury and more of a handicap.

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Whenever you feel stressed and on the edge of a burnout, you might as well try doing...well, nothing. 

Niksen is a term used to describe the fact of doing nothing, of taking a break from all our daily tasks, in order to relax and gain our energy back.

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The Case for Doing Nothing

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A few examples of how we extrapolate our exceptions all the time:

  • “House prices will probably keep increasing.”
  • “That person will never change.”
  • “My business will keep growing.”
  • “I will never learn from my mistakes.”
  • “He doesn’t like me.”

The root of this problem is our quick judgment.

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Stop Extrapolating Your Perceptions - Darius Foroux

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People are not always expecting, providing, or receiving high-quality products and services. Sometimes a business deal or a commitment involves (consciously or unconsciously) attaining a low-quality or average outcome. This is known as Kakonomics.

For many people, the concept of 'mediocre' is good enough, as the price or effort to be of a superior or high-standard is not worth it, or is inconvenient.

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How to be mediocre

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