On most days, I walk to and fro to fetch my son home from school. On super-rare cool afternoons in Singapore, walking is a joy. On most days though, it's a different story. The worst part is always the last traffic junction on the way home which spends forever on the red man and is packed with heavy construction vehicles. I try to maintain a steady pace, not wanting the heat to beat me. But when the humidity is thick, and the sun scorching through my shoes, there is often nothing I can do, but to wait it out at the junction.
I'd silently curse the wasted time spent waiting at the junction, calculating how much earlier I would have arrived if I'd reached a little earlier. Yet, I still get home every day. Perhaps sweatier I'd like to be, but I reach my destination all the same.
Resilience is the ability to know when you need to pause, to know when you need to pivot so you can stay in control.
In April, when we went into Circuit Breaker mode in Singapore, and momentum, routines, systems - almost everything thrown out of the window, I remembered that junction, and that I always reached home one way or another. It was always overwhelming, standing there and waiting, but it was necessary pain in order to keep moving forward.
Resilience can be considered as having the attitude to stay, not feeling disgusted or running away from a difficult task. Linking resilience with productivity is often seen in the business world. Especially since productivity is often related to working - but working is something we do on our selves too. We work to better our body and mind. To maintain a healthy balance. These too, include productivity.
Consider how you manage your daily energy amid the various stressors (we all have some!) that affect you on the home front. Resilience is the ability to know when you need to pause, to know when you need to pivot so you can stay in control. The fuel to do that comes from self-awareness, attention, and letting go. It comes from mental and physical health. By working on increasing your fuel, you work on developing a wider range of coping skills to have at your disposal in solves problems and making smart decisions under pressure.
What does personal productivity mean for you? Is is a tidy household? Keeping up with your workout routines? Ensuring you remain committed to cooking healthy meals at home? Running your business? Sticking with your lifelong learning plans? Resiliency is not something we are born with. It is a skill set we teach/self-learn by being aware of our behavioural choices.