In 2018, one of our founders started writing a book about how she cured her need to “hustle” all the time.
Practicing and then teaching yoga as a side-hustle was a big piece of that.
Then, the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic hit. Everything changed. Amanda had to give up teaching yoga. She found herself more committed than ever to:
- Embracing the variety of lessons she could teach her children in person, from home — from gardening to robotics to the value of outdoor play.
- Learning to skateboard with her son.
- Serving customers more deliberately and effectively while working from home.
- Driving less.
- Buying less, saving more.
- Spending even more time outdoors, both in solitude and with friends and colleagues.
- Educating herself and taking action on social justice issues.
- Growing and cooking her own food.
- Deeply researching organizations and people making a difference on the issues she cares about.
- Looking at the root causes of her aches & pains — and helping friends do the same.
- Providing consistent, quality online yoga classes for those who wanted to keep their practice at home.
During quarantine, we all asked ourselves: what if “normal” was in many ways keeping us from being the best version of who we could be?
What if it was keeping our businesses from going in the direction that they really needed to go?
As the vaccine rollout continues and things open back up, we will inevitably become busy again. So we at MarketIQ believe right now is a really good moment to think about:
- Opportunities for change
- Personal & societal values
- What we truly want to bring to life, in our lives
- The value of slowing down
This is where Amanda’s book can help.
When you get into the mindset of, “I’m going to wait until we return to normal,” it keeps you from making decisions out of clarity, when everything around you is practically screaming: “Hey! It’s a time for a change!”
What if the new normal, the slow life, has things for us that are going to be our greatest lessons?
Take a moment to ponder all the things that you’re doing right now that you’d like to continue.
Chances are, these things take time, time you didn’t have before the pandemic forced you to re-evaluate and slow the heck down.
Yet “maximizing productivity” continues to be a thing in our “more is better” culture. We’ve heard two schools of thought on this during lockdown:
Some said: let go of productivity. Go easy on yourself. Focus on survival. Do whatever you need to do during this time, especially if that means taking things more slowly. Do not beat yourself up if you’re not 100% productive right now. Let go of needing to do everything. Simply focus on being, whatever that looks like for you right now.
Others said: lean into productivity. This is the perfect time to do that “deep work,” study, purge, cleanse, or pick up that new thing that you’ve always wanted to try. Lean in, or be left behind! You must be productive right now to survive this. The focus is on doing.
But both of these strategies are misleading because you’re always being productive. The question is, are you producing the outcome you want?
Productivity is defined as “producing a significant result or outcome.”
Sure, you can produce more worry, anxiety, and fear. But these feelings will lead to actions you don’t want, like overeating, procrastinating, constant scrolling through social media, or watching too much news or TV. These activities don’t help move you forward, and could actually set you back. They will inevitably produce negative outcomes.
Or, you can produce more confidence, faith, courage, and creativity. You do this by deciding what you want for your future, setting goals, and starting from right where you are to move in that direction. This will produce positive outcomes.
With many of us searching for the meaning or lesson in the midst of our current global crisis — and many of us already starting to emerge as vaccinations are on the rise — Amanda found that finishing her book came down to deciding what I really wanted, and who I was choosing to be. Once she felt that in her bones, it was easy to align my thoughts, feelings, and actions with that decision.