Remember: It's Totally Okay If You're Not Always Productive

by Raisa de los Reyes   |  Mar 7, 2023
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Hustle culture has been promoted so much on social media that it pushes you to work overtime just to accomplish all your goals within an unrealistic timeline. These days, you may hear a lot of people say that they wish to do everything by a certain age. However, this kind  of work ethic and mindset create a romanticized illusion of what life really is. In real life, you will inevitably experience a lot of low and high moments that will push you to take paths that you’d never imagine choosing before. That said, it is best to remember that you’re not a machine, but instead a human being who deserves to rest just as much as anyone does.

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Continue reading this article if you need to be reminded why rest is a must, and not an option:

  1. Understand that rest is not a reward.

If you continue to push yourself to the brink of exhaustion, you may find yourself becoming unmotivated as time passes by. Therefore, you should learn how to  show yourself some TLC. Moreover, you should not perceive rest as a way to reward yourself for being able to accomplish or achieve something. Your body should be getting an average of eight hours of sleep to allow yourself to recover from all the stress and burdens you face every day.

  1. Be kind to yourself.

There will be instances wherein you can’t bring yourself to work. You’re allowed to have off days wherein you can’t seem to bring yourself to do anything at all. When you do feel that way, don’t punish yourself. You should learn how to manage these negative perceptions about yourself, and you can begin by dissociating your eventual burnout with “laziness.” This could create and cultivate a toxic environment and mindset which prevents you from working to the best of your ability.

  1. Reassure yourself that you don’t have to do everything today.

Sometimes, you need to be reminded that you don’t need to exhaust all of your energy to feel like you’re making something valuable out of your life. It’s okay to not work on tasks in advance, and it’s most definitely okay if you aren’t able to accomplish your expected objectives per day. You can learn to manage your expectations and organizational skills by recognizing which working style best suits you and how to  further motivate yourself to work. It can also help if you try to find the time to enjoy what you currently have and to stop dwelling on the “what ifs” of every situation. 

  1. Establish clear boundaries between your work and personal life.

Keep both from overlapping one another by strictly investing your time to work within the expected hours. No matter how tempting, avoid entertaining any more messages beyond your schedule. Moreover, you should set enough time for yourself to relax and think of everything outside of work. This means that you should avoid working on weekends and worrying about what tasks await you by the time Monday rolls around. Don’t push yourself to work when it is not needed.


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