yes children, remember, there is only School. no rest. what does “physical and mental wellbeing” mean
what the actual fuck
what is this fixation with productivity holy shit
"No fellow citizen #45465, you may not sit down for a break, you must meet your labour quota for this hour or you will forfeit your productivity ”bonus” pay. Produce and consume, Fellow Citizens!”
On the one hand, yes, Jesus fucking Christ. Yes, imperative-voice overlord, let me sacrifice an hour of sleep in exchange for activities that are demanded as a token of obedience in spite of being scientifically proven to have absolutely no commensurate value in order to please you.
On the other hand, this isn’t necessarily that bad an exercise, assuming your productive/unproductive values aren’t totally beyond fucked. Like, you look at that chart and realize that you’re getting six hours of sleep and spending two hours watching Cake Boss when you don’t even like Cake Boss? Okay. Stop watching Cake Boss and go to sleep. You’ll thank yourself in a couple of weeks when you’re no longer chronically sleep-deprived and ready to stab somebody you don’t even know with a pencil because they might have looked at you funny while you were standing in line for your third cup of coffee.
Basically the way modern capitalism works means that you’re going to have a nigh-endless string of opportunities to spend a lot of time doing stuff really mindlessly because it makes somebody else money. It’s useful to take stock of what you’re doing every so often and make sure that you’re doing it because you actually find it satisfying and rewarding and not just because it’s easy and requires no real investment or just because it feels like you’re accomplishing something, even though you aren’t really.
For instance, that 90 minutes you spent reading a bunch of articles about how the end of net neutrality is going to ruin everything was probably really infuriating and frustrating and took a lot out of you, but it wasn’t as productive as the fifteen minutes you spent emailing your opinion to your representatives/senators and the FCC actually voicing your displeasure to the officials who are tasked with doing something about it. It might have felt like it was productive, but it’s worth taking a few seconds and thinking about whether that’s a realistic assessment based on accomplished outcomes or a deceptive one based on the emotional/mental drain you experienced.
Sometimes it seems like it’s Advanced Adulting to tell the difference between what’s productive and what’s not, but a lot of times it’s just sussing out the difference between ‘energy-sucking’ and ‘worthwhile.’ Just because something’s hard doesn’t mean it was useful to you; just because something was easy doesn’t mean it was negligible.