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We live in an era where more isn't enough any longer. We tend to crave for more and we're made to believe that it is a good thing.
While we crave for more content, we often forget to check the quality of the content nowadays because we are told that constant consumption leads to more productivity which leads to more efficiency and results to more predictability which they can use to make us want to consume more. We are drawn to quantity because we feel that it is real and tangible.
We spend a lot of time doing things without understanding the reason why we do them. Sometimes we lose our purpose, however you can always rediscover your self and try again.
Ask yourself these questions to recognize whether you're hunting for quantity or honing your quality:
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Productivity guilt is a mindset of feeling bad about not creating, achieving or working hard.
This is the tendency to have “intrusive thoughts” about a task that we once started but didn’t finish.
It is in our human nature to finish off things that we start and we often hate having to leave a project unfinished.
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Before comparing yourself to that guy over there, realize what he’s sacrificing.
If you’re feeling guilty about your lack of “productivity”, then you’re not going to be truly productive at all.