How has the COVID-19 crisis been treating you all Buttacups? As usual, I’m wishing nothing but wellness and good health to all of you. I’m one of the many Americans that have to return to the regularly scheduled programming that is their 9-5—and after enjoying six weeks of freedom, I’ve had to adjust to getting back into the swing of things. I must admit, I thoroughly enjoyed the hiatus from the tedious cycle of rising, grind, sleep repeat. But the way my bills and responsibilities are set up I couldn’t continue to live the Bohemian lifestyle. I didn’t want to exhaust my unemployment benefits and I’m blessed to truly enjoy my job. So, I went back to work.
However, as some of you know and many of you can relate to, I don’t just go to work and come home. I have an entire life outside of my job that includes hobbies, goals, and aspirations. Over the six weeks, I sat at home and collected unemployment, I made significant progress in my entrepreneurial efforts. In the beginning, I struggled with the anxiety of the unknown. A disease was ravaging through the streets, the economy started to crumble, I had never been quarantined before, and I didn’t know if I’d have a job to go back to. But after a day or two of sulking, I decided to jump back on the horse and dedicate myself to making the most of my odyssey.
Six weeks-off taught me crucial lessons about balance, productivity, and pace. Pace is powerful. Remember the story of the Tortoise and the Hare? Never forget the lesson that slow and steady wins the race. Nothing happens overnight, therefore we must grind steadily and patiently to see progress. Taking it day by day is more impactful and guarantees more longevity and results than spouts of productivity.
I encourage my readers to make lists to pace themselves with their goals and to keep track of their progress. Scratching off tasks and seeing the fruits of your labor can help to motivate you to keep going. Spread out tasks and customize a productivity schedule that positions the odds in your favor. Do not hold yourself to unreasonable standards and then scold yourself when you don’t adhere to them. This is self-sabotaging behavior that often results in a cycle of one chasing their tail. Refer to one of my previous articles for more tips on staying on track of your goals.
The most important thing to learn about pace is that it involves taking breaks and resting. Remember that rest is not synonymous with lazy. Don’t rush from one project to the next. Prioritize your mental health and well-being above all else. Time is not your enemy and productivity isn’t the measuring stick of success or progress. You could easily be traveling the highway to hell just as easily as you could be taking the stairwell to heaven.
To help aid you in winding down, finding your groove, and finding your power through pace I’ve curated a playlist of some of my favorite chill songs. ‘Power Through Pace’ has songs for in between your breaks, for when you first wake up in the morning, to when you shut your lids at night. Jam on my friends and whistle while you work.
‘Power Through Pace’ playlist:
2. Gorillaz-Feel Good
3. Party Next Door-Break From Toronto
4. The Roots- Lazy Afternoon
5. Beyonce-Sorry (original demo)
6. Kirko Bangz-Drank in my cup
7. Bill Withers—Wish you Well
8. Mile High-James Blake
10. Erykah Badu-Phone Down
13. Majid Jordan-Chill Pad Deluxe
14. Clams Casino-I’m God.
15. Kendrick Lamar- Bitch, Don’t Kill my Vibe