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Productivity Predicament

Happy Friday! I hope you have some productive plans for this weekend. Let’s jump in.

We are hardwired as humans to seek productivity in daily living. We frequently base our self-worth and success on how much we accomplish. It's not uncommon to feel the need to be productive most days, and while this can be a positive motivator, going too far can have negative consequences.

Feeling productive on most days can be beneficial. It can provide you with a sense of accomplishment and purpose, as well as assist you in reaching your goals. Remember

that productivity is not the only metric of your success. Many other factors, such as your relationships, health, and personal growth, contribute to your happiness and well-being.

One of the primary risks of feeling the need to be productive most days is burnout. When you push yourself too hard, you can become exhausted and overwhelmed, reducing your productivity in the long run. It is critical to allow yourself time to rest and recharge so that you can return to your tasks with renewed vigor and focus.

Another risk of being overly focused on productivity is that you become overly critical of yourself when you fail to meet objectives. Setbacks and failures are a natural part of the process, and you can learn and grow from them. Rather than beating yourself up when things don't go as planned, use these experiences to reflect and adjust your course.

So how can you balance the need to be productive with the need for self-care? Here are some tips:

Set realistic goals: It is critical to set goals that are both challenging and attainable. You can become discouraged if you set your sights too high and cannot meet them. Setting realistic goals allows you to gain momentum and confidence, which will allow you to achieve even more in the long run. The SMART method has always worked for me. Your goal should be Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Timely. (That sounds like a good topic for another blog post.)

Prioritize self-care: Self-care should always be your top priority. This includes getting enough sleep, eating well, hydrating, exercising regularly, and making time for activities that bring you joy and relaxation. ( Like reading my blog!) You have more energy and focus to devote to your work when you prioritize self-care.

Focus on progress rather than perfection: Instead of striving for perfection, concentrate on making progress. Sometimes an 80% solution is the solution. Celebrate your small victories along the way and use setbacks to learn and grow. Keep in mind that progress is not always linear and that you may occasionally take two steps forward and one step back.

Take breaks: It's important to make time to rest and recharge throughout the day. This can mean taking a short walk, practicing mindfulness, or simply stepping away from our work for a few minutes. By taking breaks, we can come back to our tasks with renewed energy and focus. This is probably one of the hardest things I had to teach myself. I’m a tasked-based king of worker but just like your cell phone, if you don’t charge it the battery will run out.

Practice self-compassion: Being kind to yourself is critical when things don't go as planned. Rather than criticizing yourself in the mirror in the office bathroom while your co-workers wait anxiously outside to see who you are yelling at, offer yourself words of encouragement and support. You can build resilience and confidence by practicing self-compassion, which will help you overcome challenges in the future and reinvigorate self-esteem.

Set boundaries: It is critical to establish boundaries between your professional and personal lives. This can include setting specific work hours, turning off your devices at specific times, and declining tasks that do not align with your priorities. By establishing boundaries, we can achieve a sense of balance in our lives, which can lead to increased productivity and success. It’s ok to say ‘no’ sometimes. In fact, there is power in saying ‘no.’ (It’s like I wrote something about that in my upcoming book)

While feeling the need to be productive most days is common, it is critical to balance this with self-care and self-compassion. Setting realistic goals, prioritizing self-care, focusing on progress, taking breaks, and practicing self-compass are all ways to achieve success.



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