For the past few weeks now, I’ve been posting my to-do list for the day on my personal Instagram stories. When I remember, at least.
Something simple and fun, right?
Hah! If only you lived in my brain (there’s lots of toys, pop music, and disco balls).
This decision was so fraught I literally spent session time talking to my therapist about it. 🤣
So what’s the big deal about a 10-second photo of the least personal page in my bullet journal, one that expires after 24 hours?
Well, I didn’t want to feed into Hustle Culture and do the opposite of what Work Brighter’s mission is.
Because here’s the thing:
I have MAJOR problems with performative productivity.
If I had to rank all the different characteristics or criteria of Hustle Culture (which I am working on doing in a big manifesto btw), performative productivity would probably be top 3.
A huge part of Hustle Culture is being defined by how much work you do, and therefore exaggerating and glorifying that.
Especially on social media.
And there’s a good chance that when you did, you felt a lil bit of pressure to work more. That’s happened to me, too.
The last thing I wanted to do is feed into that.
And social media to-do lists are a bit of a thing in Hustle Culture already…so much that The Washington Post has even written about the trend.
And I’m not a trend-hopper-on-er. I’m a do-what-I-want-er. 💁🏻♀️
But then I started thinking…those social media to-do lists are another opportunity for me to make a trend started by Hustle Culture and the cult of working smarter, a little bit brighter. 🌈
Because my own escape from Hustle Culture has changed what my to-do lists look like.
And I don’t think they’re the kind that’ll pressure anyone to work more.
Last week, “wash hair” showed up on my list twice, before being escalated “suck it up and wash your f*cking hair” after I kept putting it off (have you SEEN how much of it I have? It’s a lot of work, and an arm workout!).
Most days, “take nap” or “read [insert whatever I’m reading]” is on it.
And EVERY day, “take meds” is there, otherwise I won’t remember, and it’s priority #1.
My to-do list shows what productivity means to me, and how much more it includes than just work.
Everything I want to share with Work Brighter. So Imma keep at it (again, when I remember 🤷🏻♀️).