If I was productive 24/7, 7 days a week, 365 days a year (or 366 on a leap year) let’s just say, things would be much different. However, like most people, I am human 😉 and I have waves of productivity. Some days I am super productive, other days I am not, and some days I have hours of being productive before or followed by hours of not being productive. For a while I would become so consumed with all that needed to be completed on my to-do lists that I would become frustrated when I was not productive. However, I had to realize that I am NOT a machine, and I can not expect myself to work at my most productive level at all times. Yet, it is my responsibility to understand my swings of productivity and to work within them.
I like to consider my waves of productivity “Swings of Productivity🔑,” as similar to a swing at a playground you push forward then tuck your feet and recede back a little, and repeat. You start picking up momentum and you go higher and higher then you tuck your feet again, and repeat.
In this world messages such as “sleep is for the weak,” presents a false narrative that if you are resting you are wasting time or you are not serious enough about the task at hand. However, burnout is real and if you do not take the time to rest, your body will make you rest 💡. Just as on a swing you go forward a little then recede back, in our day-to-day lives we must go forward being productive, then recede back to rest and restore, then repeat💫.
Tips for Managing your Swings of Productivity
- When you’re down and receding back…embrace that time. Clear your mind, and pour back into your body as it needs to be replenished.
- Identify factors that contribute to your productivity🔑…For me, my work area has to be clean, as this gives me a clear mind, and a candle has to be lit, as this soothes me.
- Ease back into it…identify some light work that will spark your productivity. For me, reading does this, which is why most mornings I start my day with reading a book of my choice, as this starts my productive engine for the day.
- When you’re up and picking up momentum…tackle your heavier tasks, remain focused, and get it done.
As it relates to productivity, we have to realize that there is a reason why our typical work day is 8 hours and 5 days a week. WE NEED REST! As we prepare for the week ahead, let’s work within our swings of productivity by resting as needed and tackling our tasks head on.
Proverbs 12:24- “The hand of the diligent will rule, while the slothful will be put to forced labor.”