Feeling Unproductive

You wake up only to find you are not feeling your best and it hits you, “I’m sick!” Recently, I experenced this feeling with great dissapointment. I had a speaking engagement, but alas, I was too sick to meet this obligation. I spent the next few days in bed and in the recliner doing what seemed to be my best work for the week; closing my eyes. In addition to the overwhelming feeling of sickness, I had a bigger problem. On the first day I was ill, my iPhone crashed with the “blue screen of death.” I was feeling horrible being sick, but now the world could not connect with me and I could not connect with it. I quickly hopped onto my computer and chatted with Apple Care, who was very responsive to the issue. As I laid there not feeling my best, I found it easy to stress about the things I was missing out on doing. Everytime I thought about working, I reached for my iPhone only to realize its sad state of disrepair. I was helpless and there was nothing I could do about it.

To shed some light on the situation, I must take you back a month or so. I had begun to step up my game and work harder and longer. I was innovating new ideas and created new resources. In addition, I found myself working out at the gym six to seven days a week for a couple of hours per session. Looking back, I would say I probably overdid it. I was burning the candle at both ends. In fact, when I got back from the gym I would take a stroll through my neighborhood via walking, jogging or running. This is good for the body, but eventually the body screams out for some rest, and in my case it is still screaming. Even while I’m working again, I do not feel my best, but maybe this will teach me a good lesson not to overdue it again and be more sensable about my goals.

Feeling unproductive is not a good feeling, but if you do not take care of yourself, your body will make you rest. Try to find some ways to rest your body instead being in the “constant go” we have become so accustomed to. Take an evening a week and sit in front of the television, go to the movies or read a good book to just relax and unwind. Do this so that you wil become more productive in the long-run. Certaintly, if you do not, you will end up having to take a week or so off of your tasks and then have another week or so of slowly working on your tasks.

…So take it easy!

Dr. Justin Hardcastle

Dr. Justin Hardcastle (1982) was born in Sacramento, California, grew up in multiple cities and states, and returned to The Greater Sacramento Area in 1996. For 20 years, he established influence as a leader and continues to build influence today. He teaches as a professor, special education teacher, and continues to provide leadership in multiple realms. He has won several awards. Justin is an American author, recording artist, and founder of The Leadership Bulletin, Hardcastle Solutions, and Northview Church, Inc. His life-long mission is to empower, encourage, and equip others to reach their fullest potential.

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