Everyone has a day or two now and then when they aren’t as productive as they could have been. But if you find yourself constantly working but not being productive, this is likely to cause several lasting implications not only on your morale but your future work as well.
You May Experience Guilt
When you feel you aren’t productive, you may start to feel guilty about it. And this guilt is a vicious cycle. When you feel feelings of guilt, you are much less likely to be able to focus on a project to be productive. So even not being productive for a single day can impact your entire week.
You’ll Lose Motivation
A huge aspect of motivation is the feeling of accomplishment. If you aren’t feeling productive in your work, you’re likely to miss out on the feeling of accomplishment, and then you won’t have any motivation to work. Like guilt, the lack of motivation is also a vicious cycle that is difficult to escape once initiated.
You’ll Leave A Trail Of Half-Finished Projects
If you aren’t accomplishing anything, you will probably leave a trail of unfinished projects in your wake. And this won’t just affect your morale, but it may make you look bad to your employer or coworkers who have to finish these projects you are constantly abandoning.
It Could Lead To Depression
Often, when employees are not productive, they feel they don’t have a purpose. They could experience melancholy or depression. This is because workers often tie their emotional well-being in with their sense of accomplishment. And just like everything else on this list, once you’ve fallen into the pit of dejection of thinking you don’t have a purpose, it can be difficult to recover.
Although remaining productive is a difficult and challenging task, it is necessary to maintain your sense of emotional well-being. This is because without productivity, you’re likely to feel guilty, unmotivated, and maybe even depressed, and it’s likely those around you won’t feel too great about having to pick up your slack either.
The best way to avoid these pitfalls is to do your best to remain productive in your everyday work. And remember, even if one day you may not finish what you want, the next day is a new and productive day.