Do You Have a Productivity Problem?

I do. And it’s probably not the one you’re thinking of.

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I’m more likely to beat myself up for not doing something I think I should have than to give myself credit for the things I accomplish.

I know that part of my guilt over not being able to reach some elusive and unattainable level of productivity comes from my tendency to be too hard on myself in general. I’m more likely to beat myself up for not doing something I think I should have than to give myself credit for the things I accomplish. But I also know I’m not the only one struggles with feeling like I’m not doing enough.

Better to accept that you aren’t a machine and take care of yourself before your body breaks down and forces you to.

If you’re like me and you have a productivity problem, you may be wondering how to stop constantly berating yourself for not doing “enough.”

Reframe what you view as productive.

I have a hard time seeing self-care as a worthy use of my time. Why should I relax for an hour or two in the evening before bed when I could be working? Why should I spend a day doing something I enjoy when there are so many truly productive things I could be getting done?

Remember, you will die!

A little morbid perhaps, yes, but consider: When your life flashes before your eyes what do you want to see, your multiple income streams or actual good memories? A healthy sense of your own mortality can keep things in perspective.

Be realistic and prioritize

If you constantly feel like you can never get enough done, it could be because you’re not being realistic about how much you can reasonably accomplish in a day. You may be taking on too many commitments as a result.

Writer. I talk about travel, mental health, and writing. Sometimes I’m funny, or at least that’s what my mom says. Visit: APassportAndAPencil.com

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