Maximizing productivity has a lot to do with stability and consistency. If we are able to stabilize the environment around us, the more likely it is that we will perform to the best of our ability. In order to create effective schedules and to-do lists, we have to know what to expect.
Unfortunately for productivity, life can be very chaotic. Things don’t always go as expected. From breakups to layoffs, life-changing events can happen at any second, and often times you don’t have any way to prepare for it. When that happens, it can be challenging to overcome.
But as the saying goes: when life gives you lemons, make lemonade. Focus on ways you can stay productive, even when everything around you is a crazy mess:
It’s business as usual
When you hit rough patches in life, it can turn everything you know upside down. When that happens, your first instinct might be to retreat back. Instead, push forward. Unexpected events can happen at any time. But if you can, try not to let it affect what you’re doing and where you want to go. Treat it as business as usual and go about your normal day as much as you can. The less you let it affect you, the more productive you’ll be.
View it from another perspective
When problems arise, we look at it from one perspective – ours. Our perspective can often be very flawed or skewed. We tend to overemphasize issues since we’re the ones in the heat of it all. But when that happens, take a step back. Try to look at the issue from another perspective, whether it be the person on the other side or a complete stranger. That gives us the ability to assess the situation realistically. You might come to realize that it isn’t as bad as it seems. Once you do that, you can figure out how you can overcome it.
Communicate with others
If life has thrown you a curveball, don’t keep it to yourself. When you bottle it up, you tend to intensify the situation. Talk to others and share your problems. Friends, family and colleagues can give you really great advice since they know you and your situation the best. When you communicate with others, you can solve the problem faster and more efficiently.
Take a deep breath
Don’t forget to relax and take a deep breath. When you let the stress get to you, your mind can shut down and you won’t be able to get anything done. Take some time to yourself. In fact, separate work from life. If you isolate the situation, you won’t let it affect other parts of your life.