Day Eight of our Top Tips For Productivity By Chris Bailey, Author of A Year of Productivity.
Becoming more productive is pointless if you’re not kind to yourself in the process.
The reason I write so much about being kind to yourself on A Year of Productivity is because it’s the part of productivity that I struggle with the most.
When I first started AYOP, I drove head-first into the project because there isn’t anything I’m more passionate about than becoming more productive. It was easy, and at first I loved it; I didn’t put too much pressure on myself, so I had no problem getting work done.
As this project grew, and as this site went from receiving a few thousand visits a month to a hundred thousand visits a month, I put more and more pressure on myself to write, experiment, and perform. And as a result, I had a lot less fun.
That’s hard to admit, particularly when a lot of people would kill to be in the position I find myself in today—exploring the topic I’m most passionate about, and making a go of it. But it just goes to show how important it is to be kind to yourself when you pressure yourself into becoming more productive.
Becoming more productive doesn’t happen without effort—you have to put pressure on yourself to perform better, but in the process it’s all too easy to be hard on yourself while you’re trying to make positive changes to your life.
Constantly be mindful of how kind you are to yourself when you’re pushing yourself to get more done. When 80% of what you say to yourself in your head is already negative, it’s important that you are kind to yourself every chance you get, particularly when you’re putting more pressure on yourself to become a better human being.
A few tactics that helped me be kind to myself over my year of productivity: meditating, taking more breaks, completely disconnecting from my work a few times a day, and adopting habits that lead to more happiness.
So, as the last working week draws to a close for the holidays, Keep It Simple Website teams advice is “Remember to be kind to yourself and the rest will fall into place!” http://ow.ly/aYaX307hTY4 visit our website and find out more on our Blog.