Mini Mission—Stop sacrificing pleasure to productivity

Posted in Happiness & Intentional Living

It’s time to get into action with a mini mission.

I like my coffee piping hot. But last week I noticed this: I re-heated my single cup of morning coffee six times because I kept getting distracted and it cooled off.

Six times. And it was only 8 ounces of coffee.

I didn’t really even notice the first couple times I stuck my mug in the microwave. But by the sixth time, it dawned on me: This is crazy behavior.

I kept allowing myself to be pulled away to reply to an email or toss a load of laundry in the dryer—rather than sit for a few undistracted minutes and actually enjoy my cup of coffee the way I like it.

My behavior wasn’t making pleasure a priority. Instead, my actions put productivity first.

Pleasure is a feeling of happy satisfaction and enjoyment. And it’s core to self-care, self-kindness, and self-love.

Always putting productivity ahead of pleasure is a not-so-subtle form of self-sabotage. It’s anti-self-care.

It took that sixth trip to the kitchen to re-heat, but I finally did catch on that I was not making pleasure a priority.

Eventually the emails need to be answered and the clothes dried. But productivity shouldn’t always take priority over pleasure. Sometimes, yes. But not always.

Here’s your mission: Think of one pleasure in your life you keep sacrificing to productivity. Decide you’re going to put pleasure first.

Take a walk before you update your monthly budget. Read a chapter in that novel before you mop the floor. Savor your lunch before you tackle your expense report.

You have a right to pleasure. What pleasure will you prioritize over productivity today?

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