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It’s Ok If You’re Not Being Productive During Your Coronavirus Quarantine

Just because Shakespeare wrote King Lear while in quarantine doesn't mean you have to

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Yes, ok, by now we all know that Shakespeare wrote King Lear while in quarantine.

It’s a fun little fact that has been shoved down our throats in the form of a meme in recent weeks — mostly shared by people who have spent their own coronavirus quarantines being slightly less productive than The Bard.

But so what? Leave us alone. Shakespeare didn’t have Netflix.

It’s no secret that our society has a bit of an obsession with productivity, and indeed many people are using this time to bake, paint, run, sew, write, workout, learn, or otherwise grow as a human being.

But it’s also ok if you’re using this time in limbo to do none of the above.

The myth that productivity equals self-worth is torn apart in the latest episode of Frugal Forever, a lifestyle podcast that is heading into their second season in partnership with Junkee.

In their latest episode Katie Cunningham and Josie Parsons discuss the cult of productivity, and how it’s perfectly normal if you just need some time to grieve the way our lives have suddenly changed.

Without the structure of an average work day, or the stability of a social life, many people are understandably struggling to adapt to this new purgatory we’re living in.

The girls also dive into their individual struggles — Katie was already grappling with recently turning 30 and is trying not to feel the pressure of not having “time to waste”.

“I guess I would also just say, like, to anyone who’s worried about productivity or feeling like they should be doing more — cut yourself some slack,” she said.

“The world is fundamentally changing right now, it’s ok to be distracted and upset and to just want to watch some comfort TV and cook and whatever.”

Meanwhile, Josie has also been feeling guilty for the way her mental health has suffered while she readjusts to working from home, considering she’s privileged to have that option.

However, she’s gotten some reassurance from an article in The Financial Diet which says you can acknowledge both.

“Keeping a healthy perspective on what truly is and isn’t a sacrifice, and being grateful and present in the things that are ultimately privileges, is not a matter of denying your own experience,” it says.

“It’s a matter of correcting your internal monologue to be more grounded in reality and a sense of perspective, especially when that monologue feels like the loudest thing in the world.”

The episode also dives into a little bit of class warfare (both at home and abroad), and celebrates some unlikely celebrity allies.

There’s plenty more to absorb, so if you’ve got some time up your sleeve (like we all know you do) you can listen to the rest of the podcast here. You can also find them on Facebook and Instagram.


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