Reducing Your Guilt About Not Being Productive
Are your expectations actually attainable or more like unattainable ideals? If your expectations are more realistic, you will have more energy to be productive.
We must alternate between times of action and times of reflection and rest. It’s just the way organisms work.
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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.
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.
We do it because it's the most visible form of productivity.
It is a way to prove to others that you are doing stuff and checking things off the list.
Hard work is necessary in order to be productive, but there is such a thing as too much of a good thing.
At some point, you start to be negatively productive.
It means scheduling your time according to your natural rhythms:
It’s often a sign we’re not acting in accordance with our values.
The guilt of not working stems from two places:
Reflect on how you need to recharge—and, more than that, how doing good work depends on it: