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.
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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.
Some people are very good at maintaining a detachment between their work and their outside life. For others (especially those indoctrinated in ‘life hacks’ and productivity tips), the guilt to be constantly doing something can be a real energy sucker.
Busy-ness (or business) is a state of doing what you are told to do, having tasks piled on top of you and running around frantically trying to balance them all.
Productivity; however, is a state of doing what we truly need to do to reach our goals.
Cutting down the unnecessary and focusing on the essential is going to be a quick way to boost your real productivity.
Creativity is not something we “do”. We cannot force ourselves or grind out a completely new creative idea for a blog post or essay.
Relaxing and doing nothing can actually be a vital part of the creative process.
It is all about balance.
Most importantly, don’t let your most important tasks become a chore.
“Beware the barrenness of a busy life.” – Socrates
Don’t take on more tasks and responsibilities. You end up doing many things in a mediocre way. Instead, focus your time and energy on a few important things.
No one is perfect—not even the people you admire most. The reality is we can’t realistically implement every life hack out there.
Do not worry if something falls by the wayside. Pick it up again if you think it worked. Doing it a little is better than not doing it.