Lately, I’ve been having a hard time doing the things that I’m supposed to do. I took a couple of weeks off to get my mind out of the office work and focus on some of my personal things and family. And I’ve done neither.
This is something that I’ve had trouble with for some time, but it’s gotten worse recently. Not sure if it’s because of the pandemic or what, but it’s having a really deleterious effect on my productivity, not to mention my mental state.
Stress leads to poor productivity, which leads to more stress, which leads to lower productivity and so on.
I continue to try the tools in my arsenal to keep my mind in check, such as timeboxing and Pomodoro, but my inconsistent employment of them has led to inconsistent results. Productive in short bursts, but unsustainable.
Even getting my mind in gear to do work is a fight. I can’t go 5 minutes without my attention trying to pull away to some low effort activity like social media, YouTube or worse, LinkedIn. And I really hate LinkedIn.
But I remind myself that I could do this. I’m having problems now, but I will continue to try and work because the effort is worth it. My personal projects and family is worth it. My well-being is worth it.
I will get these things done regardless of how hard I find it.
I remind myself that I can do hard things.