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How To Get Out Of A Productivity Slump - RD056
5 days ago
Have you ever been in a productivity slump? It’s nice to think we’ve got everything under control. That we’re on top of our game. That our business is running like a well-oiled machine. Unfortunately, this isn’t always the case. There will be times when everything just piles up. You feel tired, overwhelmed and have no idea how you got to that point, or how to get out of the hole you're in. You feel stuck with no obvious path out. You’ve found yourself in a productivity slump. You see, the problem with running a business is you want it to succeed. I know that sounds strange. If only we all had the problem of a successful business. Right? But success is addictive. The more we succeed the more we crave it. To the point where we take on so much work that it tips the balance and all of a sudden, success is no longer an option. It’s at that point that things fall in on us and we experience that feeling of being overwhelmed and we're unsure what to do next. Oftentimes that feeling of not knowing what to do next leads to a productivity slump and you end up not doing anything at all. Perhaps you can’t relate to that scenario. Perhaps your business is doing well, but you haven’t yet reached that level of success I’m talking about. That doesn’t mean your immune. Sometimes a productivity slump hits us for no particular reason. You sit down at your computer, or tablet or easel, but you just don’t feel motivated enough to actually work. Instead, you doddle around for a bit, look to see what’s happening on Facebook, watch a few Youtube videos, you use every excuse you can to avoid work. This is also a productivity slump. Maybe you're taking on too many projects all at once, causing some of them to fall behind or take longer than you originally anticipated. This can also lead to a productivity slump. Regardless of the path that led you there, being in a slump is no fun. And if you don’t find a way out of it the problem could compound. So what do you do? Here are my suggestions. First off, in order to get out of a productivity slump, you need to know exactly what got you there in the first place. Take out a pencil and paper and write down everything that is contributing to the problem. Every project that feels out fo control, every task that needs doing, absolutely everything, including other parts of your business other than working on clie