This was going to be a valuable how to be productive post.

How to live intentionally during a crisis, how to stay productive during a pandemic, how I have been staying productive during a pandemic. Or something along those lines. Sigh. Drink water, exercise, plan your day, wake up early, create a schedule, make your bed. Expert tips on how to’s. Lol. But the truth is this; I don’t know any of that shit. And most importantly, I don’t do half of the stuff I would have listed here. My life these days is watching rom-coms till ungodly hours, waking up to sunshine warming my face, mid-day iced coffee, endless TikTok videos and memories of all my favourite restaurants. If I get in some exercise and a shower during the day, that’s a big plus.

Yet somehow I opened my system to start writing; determined to share tips on how to’s and feel like I’d created valuable content when that’s not even my truth.


See the thing is there’s absolutely nothing wrong with being productive and active, I mean I myself have googled my fair share of how to’s these past week. In fact find my favourite articles on how to stay productive Here and Here. Even I have written my fair share of productivity articles. I mean, it’s important because there’s always that obvious thing of sometimes not knowing how to go about stuff, or even knowing what to do and how to do it but still needing someone saying it to give you the push. If that makes any sense.


But what if;

What if, this is our chance to rest? What if, right now the best thing to do for yourself and everyone around you was to just relax. Stay with me on this please. For so many of us, we have spent our lives under the pressure to do more, be more, become more. But what if now’s not the time for more. The world is at at standstill; And for so many, our instinct is to hibernate.Our instinct is that we are in a state of stillness, and quiet, and we just want to be. Yet there is that voice in our head constantly nagging and reminding us that we could be doing more, should be doing more.


What if the most productive thing to do right now is to stay alive, stay sane and stay happy. Yes, in that order.


Something I’ve decided is that; More could be watching that series I have watched before for the one thousandth time, More could be taking longer naps and even longer showers, more could be staying hours on the phone browsing through a ridiculous collection of memes, or arriving late and sleepy eyed to a bookclub meeting on zoom. More could be the string of ridiculous video edits I make on TikTok. More could be as simple as waking up and staying hopeful.

More is simply what gets you through the day.

Whatever youโ€™re worried about is still going to be there when this is over.And if it’s not. That’s okay, there is such a thing as starting over and unlike a deadly virus, it doesn’t kill people.



  • Reply Amaka October 31, 2020 at 9:03 am

    You said it all dear. mental health is very important this time in nigeria

  • Reply Salmah May 16, 2020 at 10:58 am

    Thats totally correct. Thanks for reading
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  • Reply Eromonsele Emmanuel (ericotrips) May 11, 2020 at 10:31 am

    Wow! I’ve never really seen the pandemic situation from this angle, I too think maybe we need to take a likkle step back and not act like the world is currently in full gear.
    I love the sincerity of this.
    Thanks for sharing Salmah!
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    • Reply Salmah May 16, 2020 at 10:59 am

      Thanks for reading, glad you found it helpful

  • Reply Shuga May 7, 2020 at 11:48 pm

    I couldn’t agree any less. This is the time to give ourselves a break and just relax o

    • Reply Salmah May 16, 2020 at 11:00 am

      My sentiments exactly. Thanks for reading.

  • Reply Yommie Baby May 7, 2020 at 8:18 pm

    Enjoyed this, sometimes all you need to do is breath

  • Reply Grace May 7, 2020 at 8:30 am

    My dear, Iโ€™m using this period to rest, love myself some more, bond with my family and then I learn a few new things at my own pace. Iโ€™m resting. I need it for my mental health.


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