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Do you have a hard time relaxing, and getting nothing productive done, even if you have every reason in the world to do so?

Asked by Dutchess_III (42474points) October 5th, 2016

I had some minor surgery yesterday. 5 stitches in my back. I’m not incapacitated, although I begged out of babysitting duty two weeks ago (toddlers…too much running, stretching, reaching and stuff.) It hurts a little and it would be best for me to abstain from doing much work, especially if it involves bending, reaching and stretching.

But dang, I have a hard time walking by some thing that needs to be done and not doing it! I finally swept the kitchen and bathroom floors, but did it slowly, using small strokes. I swept it into a corner rather than using the dust pan. I’ll catch it later with a vacuum cleaner.
And cleaned the bathroom counter tops.
And put the few dishes that in the sink into the top rack of the dishwasher, and wiped down the kitchen counter tops.

Why can’t I just chill for one day and do nothing??

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canidmajor's avatar

I have no problem being unproductive, but then my idea of what “needs to be done” is different from many. I’d rather read or walk with my dogs or have a quiet conversation with someone than sweep.
I have been called lazy because I don’t conform to the culture of busy.

Meditate. Read. Heal. Very little needs to be done right now.

Dutchess_III's avatar

I know. I just have a hard time doing it.

ragingloli's avatar

i have no trouble at all doing squiddiddly.

Dutchess_III's avatar

5:00. I’m off the clock. I’m done for the day!!!

Mariah's avatar

In school I struggled a lot with a guilty conscience when I wasn’t working. Now I don’t have problems with that, but I do have problems with using my time in a way that doesn’t feel productive according to my personal definition of productivity. I consider writing or painting or other creative hobbies to be productive; attempting to watch TV leaves me writhing with guilt unless I multi-task in front of it.

That said, post-surgery is absolutely the rare occasion in which you should not feel guilty about anything. I understand the feeling though.

JLeslie's avatar

I can just lie around for a day or so doing not much of anything and be totally fine with it. I need something to do like Fluther, watch TV, talk to a friend, but I don’t have to clean or cook or worry about going shopping. I can leave chores for a few days and not worry about it at all. Much longer than that and I get frustrated. Especially, if I’m not doing anything because I’m not allowed to. If it’s totally my choice to be lazy, maybe I can do it for longer.

jca's avatar

I’m out of the house 10 to 12 hours a day, 5 days a week. If, for some reason, I have nowhere to go on a weekend day and I feel like laying around watching movies or something, I feel totally guilty. I have to remind myself that I’m running so much every day, I’m entitled to a day here and there to do nothing. Even so, I probably will throw a load or two of laundry in or run the dishwasher or something.

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