Busy vs. Productive

**Disclaimer** The woman pictured above is not me, but some amazing human who was biking her tiny, pampered dog around in a basket.

This post is brought to you by severe plaque psoriasis. Seriously. If I hadn’t thought about how clear my psoriasis has gotten in the last few weeks, Stephen would’ve never said something that sparked this post. So thank my skin condition and husband for this one.

In the last few weeks, it’s cleared up considerably. I’m at the peak of my medication, but even that shouldn’t make it as clear as it is now.

When I said as much to Stephen, he replied, “You’re in a better state than ever before, right? You’re exercising. You’re creating a healthy body and a healthy mind.”

He’s right. Since I’ve started eating healthy, exercising, and making time for me, my skin has been clear and my weight easier to manage. I feel energized until my head hits the pillow.

Hell, guys. I got the compliment from a teenager that “Mrs. Mercier has so much energy.” ENERGY. I, ANNA MERCIER, was described as being ENERGETIC. Take that family who makes fun of me for being a sloth and going my own pace.

But the funny thing about this is that my time is more occupied. I don’t watch TV but two nights out of the week. I don’t spend time on Reddit. I don’t play as many video games. I can’t. I go to work, tutor kids after school, exercise with a friend 3-4 days a week, run a photography club, and go to rehearsals for community theatre. Any space between is for cooking, writing, and reading.

I wanted to use the word “busy”, but it’s not that at all. Busy is defined as “having a great deal to do”.  And I don’t like the word “having”. I don’t do all these things because I have to, but because I want to. And I think that’s the difference between busy and productive.

Productive is defined as “producing or able to produce large amounts of goods, crops, or other commodities.” And I am producing. I produce good food for my body to run on. I produce lasting memories for myself and the community by being in a play. I produce healthy muscles and a good friendship by working out 4 days a week. I produce a simpler lifestyle to enjoy with my husband. I produce a feeling of success when I go the extra hour to help a student.

I encourage you all to take a look at your schedule and ask yourself if you’re busy or productive. Eliminate the things that make you busy, and incorporate more things that make you productive. It’s a great kick-start to reducing stress.

Until next time!

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