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Do You Have Bursts of Productivity?

When it comes to productivity, some days I’ve got it, and other days . . . well, I just don’t. I stare at my growing to-do list and feel lethargic and unmotivated. But then the pendulum swings the other way, and I find myself feeling turbo-charged, knocking out entire lists of tasks in one fell swoop.

I know I’m not alone in my inconsistent motivation — several fellow Sugar staffers have told me they work in the exact same way. But I also know not everyone functions like this; my mom, for example, is an incredibly productive person every day, no matter what else is going on in her life.

How about you — do you experience this phenomenon?

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Zigggy Zigggy 7 years
Totally! What a great topic to touch on Savvy- it's interesting to know how many people are the same way.
hyzenthlay20 hyzenthlay20 7 years
I'm a teacher like Chrstne, and she said pretty much EXACTLY what I was thinking. I definitely have bursts of productivity, but I my low "level" of productivity isn't exactly low. It's a less productive day for me if I only make two powerpoints, grade 5 classes worth of papers, call 3 parents, write 6 emails, and type up 2 pages of worksheets. And that doesn't include teaching the 150 students I see every day.Then, there are days in the summer (THANK GOODNESS) when I do nearly nothing. But most of the time even during the summer, I'm attending some workshop or group, trying to improve my teaching practice.
hyzenthlay20 hyzenthlay20 7 years
I'm a teacher like Chrstne, and she said pretty much EXACTLY what I was thinking. I definitely have bursts of productivity, but I my low "level" of productivity isn't exactly low. It's a less productive day for me if I only make two powerpoints, grade 5 classes worth of papers, call 3 parents, write 6 emails, and type up 2 pages of worksheets. And that doesn't include teaching the 150 students I see every day. Then, there are days in the summer (THANK GOODNESS) when I do nearly nothing. But most of the time even during the summer, I'm attending some workshop or group, trying to improve my teaching practice.
Spectra Spectra 7 years
YES! Most of the time, I am very productive, but some days it seems like I get absolutely everything done that I wanted to and other days, it's a struggle to drag my butt out of bed and I don't want to do anything.
Zivanod Zivanod 7 years
Yes I work best between 11am and 4pm. If only I could adjust my work hours accordingly.:sigh:
Zivanod Zivanod 7 years
Yes I work best between 11am and 4pm. If only I could adjust my work hours accordingly. :sigh:
muchacha muchacha 7 years
Savvy, you hit the nail on the head there. There are just some times where I am lazy, and others where I too conquer my to-do lists in one shot. What I've learned is to take advantage and apply myself to the maximum when I am feeling productive, that way if I slack at other times I won't fall far behind.
Chrstne Chrstne 7 years
Being a teacher can be a real drag sometimes. There is always something to do, literally 24/7. If I'm not at work, all I do is work. At work, there isn't an option for what I do or do not get done -- I must get what I need done, done. If I do not, it's my ass -- and it throws off the schedule for the week. When I am at home and doing work-related things -- like holding study time online, grading tests/essays/paper's, making up tests, etc., the amount of stuff can truly add up and I feel defeated. Towards the end of a semester (like it is now), it is the worst.
pink-elephant pink-elephant 7 years
Yes, I do this and it absolutely drives me crazy! For me there's such a fine line between procrastinating and productivity. It's such a battle. I wish I could be more motivated more often!
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