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We Can’t Go Back

Listened Hurry Slowly Podcast: R.I.P. Productivity by Jocelyn K. Glei from

In this final episode of season 3 of the podcast, I reflect on my own journey into the world of productivity, what I’ve learned, and why I’m leaving it behind. In the process, I touch on the inevitable discomfort of new consciousness, why things are never going back to normal again, and how we can begin anew.

This episode did a great job at honing in on what I’ve been feeling about productivity and tying it into the pandemic: namely, that our cultural obsession with getting things done is symptomatic of our capitalist society, and the pause the pandemic forced us all to take stripped back the busyness that hid our fatigue and self medicating habits. Now we’ve realized how tired we are, and how capitalism has subsumed our identities, we can’t really go back. Her words matched my thinking that what we really need is to figure out how to restore our energy, and I love that she explicitly calls out the fact that none of us need to worry about productivity any more.

Her rallying cry also echoes what I’ve been brooding about lately: how we can use our unique skills to help make the world one we want to live in.

By Tracy Durnell

Writer and designer in the Seattle area. Freelance sustainability consultant. Reach me at She/her.

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