Productivity: Doing More Than the Bare Minimum to Achieve Your Goals

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“I had a plan. I had an idea of where I’d want to be by the end of this year, but I can’t say I’ve been putting in as much work as I know I’m capable of. I still follow my daily routines, I still actively work at my goals, but there is always a part of me that knows I could be working just a tad bit harder — and for some reason I’ve never acted on it. For the past few years, I’ve struggled quite a bit to find balance in my life, to maintain a healthy productivity level, and to tap into my creativity a bit more. Lately, I feel like I’ve been sacrificing one for the other, and I’ve decided that it’s time I begin working smarter, that I really ask myself what it is I’m capable of doing with my time — right now.”

Editing my novel has provided some challenges, but it has been taking a lot longer than I originally anticipated. To be quite honest, I’ve been putting time into it, but I know that I can be doing more. There is much about the story that I absolutely love, and there is still quite a bit that needs to be revised. Though, I feel as though I’ve been caught between either being really creative and writing content I love, or editing my novel. I have never felt like I had enough time to handle both, but I knew that wasn’t the case. I have been putting off one or the other because I’m still harbouring the fear that whatever I’m working on may not be good enough — and that is something I am certainly working on. I am making it my mission to start actively doing more every given day, to do more than the bare minimum to achieve my goals because I know that there’s a possibility it can all work out.

Sometimes, we have to have a little more faith in ourselves. I don’t want to feel like my to-do list remains a chore I’d have to clear out, I want to find my way back to really and truly loving each and every step of what I’m working on — and that all starts with how we view the work we do. I am going to spend time working on editing my novel, and bringing it to a finished second draft, all the while giving myself time to start working on new projects, for I need to keep my creativity afloat. I can’t rely on a sudden surge of inspiration to keep the writing going, but I know that I can still create without it — for now it serves as an added bonus.

There are going to be days where we wake up ready to get back to work, and then there are going to be days we struggle to remind ourselves why we even started working in the first place. I know that it may not be possible to feel as productive as we may feel right now, all the time, but it’s finding a way to put the extra effort in that counts. This morning has been a wake-up call for me, one I can really see playing a huge part in where I take my productivity next, and seeing just how productive I’m truly capable of becoming. It doesn’t take much to get jolt us back into a productive mindset. Sometimes, we find ourselves there without even realizing it.

I’d really love to hear how you all manage to stay productive, especially when you’re having an off day. Leave a comment and let’s talk about it.

Thank you for taking the time to read, and I hope you all enjoyed this post!


Originally published at anisanasir.com on March 19, 2019.