People who have a drive to be productive often end up sabotaging themselves in their efforts to achieve this very goal. That is because most people believe that being productive means working as much as possible all of the time. Although part of productivity is being prolific in whatever you do, part of it is also being at the top of your game. You can?t be totally on the ball if you?re exhausted or overworked. That?s why those people who are the most productive in their lives and in their work are the people who have learned the difficult task of balancing a busy working life with the ability to take time for themselves on a regular basis.
Taking time for yourself increases your productivity in three major ways. First of all, it gives you the physical rest that you need to be able to maintain productivity over time. Secondly, it allows you to return to work with fresh eyes which you gives you a more creative approach to your work and tends to result in higher productivity over all. And finally, taking time for yourself allows you to stay in touch with who you are which makes it so that you never forget why it is that you?re trying to be so productive in the first place.
People need rest. This means more than just the fact that people need to take the time to sleep each night. People need simple downtime when they aren?t working or otherwise being productive. They physically need time to just chill out and to allow their bodies and minds to be still. Some people do this in front of the TV and others do it at a yoga class. Some people need more rest than others. Whatever your method may be your ability to take this downtime for yourself will result in higher productivity. If you fail to take this time, what you?ll find is that you burn out instead of staying productive.
Even if you do manage to just go, go, go for a long period of time without burning out, you will find that your work gets stale if you don?t take time for yourself. In order to remain truly productive, you have to be able to think creatively. People can?t do this if they?re merely working on the same thing day in and day out. It?s important to take time to pursue your other interests. Whether you want to explore deep sea diving or browse through an art museum or read about ancient religions, you should take the time to pursue those interests. Many people who want to be productive will fail to engage in these things that they consider to be ?just hobbies? and their work will suffer creatively as a result.
Finally, you have to realize that the ability to be productive comes from really knowing what your goals are and being able to keep those goals in sight as you do your work. What?s difficult about humans is that goals change. If you?re not in touch with yourself, you won?t understand these changes and you?ll find yourself struggling to be productive without remembering why you wanted to be so productive in the first place. Taking time for yourself puts you back in touch with who you are. It helps you confirm your inner drive towards ambitious productivity. In the end, learning to take time for yourself could be the single most important thing that you do to become more productive.
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