In an age of Zoom calls and a seemingly dismissive attitude toward time zones, the lines between work and play have blurred. Gone are the days of the work day coming to a screeching halt when the sun starts to set. Instead, society has become more accepting of the idea that working from home and overall productivity have a correlative relationship. Sure, commuting is no longer a reality for most working individuals and there aren’t as many distractions outside of one’s workspace. But what about this makes sense? Are humans ahead of the sci-fi movie industry’s schedule and becoming robots in this day and age?
Truth be told, I don’t have answers to any of the questions I’m posing. My current work schedule and lifestyle isn’t even close to what it was pre-pandemic. The time we are currently facing as a society is not one we have seen before. The current norm is a bit of a joke, seeing as there isn’t one. I too am trying to figure out how to structure my days in a way that aren’t all work and no play. After all, human beings need time to explore their interests and socialize with the ones they care for. Maybe the answers are in logging out of work accounts after dinner, omitting multitasking during breaks, and getting a good workout in when possible. All are very different potential solutions, but stem from the idea of holding up a magnifying glass to one’s life. I think all we can really ask of society right now is to pay attention, to see what miniscule decisions ultimately make up entire days. Until then, business and busyness could very much mean the same thing. The choice is ours.