Productivity is Not just a Word for the Workplace

Redefining Productivity

Nov 23, 2016

Encouraging people to have a peaceful and productive day is a greeting for Peace Naturals Twitter account. Stress free production, whatever that productivity is, is something we should all be seeking. We’ve encountered a few responses where a person feels off put by the production part of our tweet because they’re copying with a disability.

Feelings of unproductivity is something people who are coping with a chronic illness cope with on a regular basis. There can be feelings of shame for not being capable of regular full time employment or any employment. Let’s look at the numbers from Stats Canada on persons with disability and employment.

  • In 2011, the employment rate of Canadians aged 25 to 64 with disabilities was 49%, compared with 79% for Canadians without a disability.
  • The employment rate among persons aged 25 to 64 with a mild disability was 68%, compared with 54% of those with a moderate disability, 42% of persons with a severe disability and 26% among those with a very severe disability.
  • Among Canadians with a disability, 12% reported having been refused a job in the previous five years as a result of their condition. The percentage was 33% among 25- to 34-year-olds with a severe or very severe disability.

Society often judges people by their ability to be ‘workplace productive’, but productivity doesn’t have to be connected to worker output; especially when you’re coping with a chronic illness. People need to redefine their productivity.

How we define productivity is important.

For many people, productivity is measured in workplace goals, but it doesn’t have to be based on workplace goals. It’s great to feel positive about workplace productivity, however employment productivity shouldn’t be our sole productivity measuring stick.

Set your own personal productivity goals.

These could be attending a class, making a meal, reading a book, something that gives you personal joy and feelings of productivity. Write them on a list and check them off as they get done.

A productive day is set by you, especially when coping with a chronic illness. Performing household chores, personal grooming, going out to attend to appointments, running errands or buying household items are all productive activities.

Combined with the chronic pain spoon theory, redefining productivity can become much easier. Some household chores take plenty of spoons to perform, which should create feelings of incredible productivity when these chores are completed.

Remember small tasks count just as much as big tasks do to feel productive. Breaking up a bigger tasks into small little tasks can even assist in getting over the feelings of unproductivity. Easier to achieve milestones can be designed to keep you going towards a larger goal or they can simply be used to feel productive.


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