Ever noticed how your productivity goes on a rollercoaster throughout the day, week, and even throughout the year? Totally normal. When you start a new project, it’s like being in the honeymoon phase—dreaming big about all the cool stuff coming your way.
But then reality hits. You start seeing the massive to-do list in front of you, and bam, you crash. And let’s be real, sometimes bouncing back from that crash is very very tough.
Other times, you manage to pull yourself together and keep on doing it. But, here’s the thing—your motivation becomes this unpredictable thing, playing with your mind traveling between highs and lows.
Here’s the deal though—it’s all part of a natural, unbeatable process. You’ve gotta pull back on the productivity pedal sometimes to rev up the energy for the next big challenge.
Now, how do you know when it’s time for a motivation boost or a chill pill? If you’ve been grinding hard, it’s time to kick back. Check your timeline, maybe you’ve been a bit too ambitious. Newsflash: no one can go full power forever.
On the flip side, if you’ve been on the relaxation station and can’t find the determination to keep going, that’s your cue to hustle. Embracing these ups and downs makes managing your productivity journey a whole lot easier. You’ll know when to hit pause and when to give yourself that pep talk—no need for self-blame on downtime.
I know, I know, easier said than done. Whenever I have a period of time when I am less productive and my motivation levels are low, I always criticize myself about it. Never cutting myself some slack, which tbh sucks in some moments.
Even so, instead of crashing and burning, you’ll be looking at the journey ahead with a clear head. Your motivation levels will still have its ups and downs, but with time, you’ll be able to control them better. For now, if you’re feeling like it’s too much, take a break and if you’re in the constant couch potato phase, get your ass up and work.