Ex-lawyer turned relationship coach

False Productivity

Productivity geeks, beware: you may be guilty of doing work that doesn’t get you closer to where you want to be. At least, if you’re anything like me.

I will watch videos about dancing without getting my butt out of my chair. I will look up how to learn a foreign language instead of firing up Duolingo or calling a Brazilian friend. And I will look up how to write a story instead of writing a story.

Nothing but procrastination. Sure, it’s better than trying to break your Candy Crush high score. But it’s not exactly helping you reach your goals.

So why are you slacking?

Do you need a break? Have you lost sight of your goals? Did you set an unreasonable goal? Are you afraid you’ll make a fool of yourself?

Excellent questions to ask when you catch yourself veering off path. 

P.S. If you need a break, be kind to yourself and take an actual break. Do something totally unrelated to work for once. It’s surprisingly healthy, despite what your guilt-tripping conscience may be telling you.

By Jeroen Elsing
Ex-lawyer turned relationship coach