Unproductive or Processing?

Jun 27, 2022

Unproductive or processing?

How easy is it to get caught up in the idea that we need to be doing something every day? What if we waste another day not working on creating something, on requesting, following up, and making something meaningful in our day, we are being lazy, careless, unmotivated, or failing?

That is exactly this kind of thought and doing that leads to burnout. We never take a moment to adjust to the internal productivity that is happening unconsciously and subconsciously. Imagine, if you have a lot going on on the inside, but you’re not counting it as something you are doing – so you work double hard to be more productive, not aware that you are being slowed down by your internal process? You end up overworking yourself.

Discipline only last as long as we integrate flexibility with it. Our internal processing is too abstract for the conscious mind to be aware of, if we stay busy in the doing, trying to accomplish more. We can only tap into what is going on parallelly within us when we slow down. When we allow ourselves to stay still for a few extra minutes, before engaging in the next task.

Here is the number one reason why people lack discipline: They believe they have to do the same thing, the same way, at the same time, every day.

And here is the truth: you are an emotional being who is going to be processing in various intensities every day.

And until you have integrated flexibility for your productive internal processing, you will feel unproductive.

But not all is lost. We need to go back to the basics of what productivity means to you, so you can start pondering on how you can master your whole human being and still feel motivated to get things done, even when you’ve been doing nothing.

  1. Define what productivity means to you. Is it a certain amount of hours at work? Or how much you get accomplished?
  2. Establish a scale from 1 to 10 from your most unproductive to productivity. When you have uncomfortable feelings of unproductivity, what is that you are not doing (or doing) that make you feel this way?
  3. Establish a scale from 1 to 10 from your worst emotional day to the best emotional day. How was one day you felt the bleh? One that felt the most amazing day of your life?
  4. Rank both of your scales every day for two weeks. Look at how you felt on the days you were being unproductive, and what you got done. What were you motivated by?

Once you are able to dig into your emotional, and physical state, and how it correlates with your productivity or not, you are most likely to be able to apply the right tools to regain your productivity.

For example:

If you score high on the emotional scale and poor on the productivity one, you need more structure and framework.

If you score low on the emotional scale and less on the productivity one, you need more emotional release and processing techniques.

If you score low on the emotional scale and high on the productivity one – you may be leading yourself to burnout.  

If you are very low on both, you may be in the state of healthy processing – or in a state of avoidance and resistance to frustration and depression.

Nevertheless, awareness is the first step to getting you back on the right track. Once you have that, you can start doing the next thing to slowly get you back on getting to your goals.

Is it time for you to find the ways to be productive?

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