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Why following your own pace actually boosts productivity

Some people love mornings, some are night owls. Some thrive on remote work or online classes, while others do best in person. Bottom line: we all have our natural rhythms, and following them is usually the best way to productivity. 

In a world with much hustle and bustle, it's okay to do things on your own time. Doing so builds self-trust, makes work more enjoyable, and can make you perform better at your job

In our fast-paced world, the pressure to keep up with external expectations can often leave us feeling overwhelmed and burnt out. However, there is a compelling case for slowing down and embracing your pace as a key to unlocking productivity. Let's explore how aligning with your natural rhythm can lead to a more purposeful, enjoyable, and fulfilling work life.

In today’s blog, we’ll cover the four main reasons why following your own pace actually boosts your productivity. 

1. You build a stronger relationship with yourself

You know those tasks that have been pushed back for weeks now? Maybe there is a good reason you haven’t gotten to them yet. What we continue to push off can show us what we truly prioritize, and where our values may lie. This isn’t to say neglect all tasks you don’t find enjoyable, but noticing what you tend to put off may give some clues into where your motivation flourishes. 

Tap into what intrinsically motivates you

Working at your own pace allows you to connect with your work on a deeper level. 

Intrinsic motivation, which comes from personal interest and satisfaction, tends to be higher when you have autonomy over your pace, leading to increased productivity.

According to the Harvard Business Review, harnessing this skill early in our career helps build the resilience we need to reach our goal in any field. 

Reclaim the things you enjoy

Remember, productivity isn't just about checking off tasks from a to-do list; it's also about creating a life that you enjoy. Following your own pace frees time for activities that bring you joy. Whether it's spending quality time with loved ones, pursuing hobbies, or simply enjoying moments of relaxation, a balanced and fulfilling life contributes to a positive mindset, which lays the foundation for increased productivity. 

2. You make more time for the things you enjoy

As you make more time for things you enjoy, you'll find that your overall well-being improves, enhancing your energy and focus when you return to work tasks. Understanding your own pace helps you manage your time more effectively. You can allocate time based on your energy levels and concentration, allowing you to prioritize tasks and make the most of your productive periods.

Reap the benefits of time management

The benefits of better time management go beyond accolades from your boss, honing    this skill also offers:

  • Improved focus
  • Better decision making
  • Increased opportunities 

3. Your Work Life Becomes Better

Contrary to the belief that working faster leads to success, following your own pace often results in a better work life. When you give yourself the freedom to work at a pace that feels right for you, stress levels decrease, and burnout becomes less likely.

You learn to advocate for yourself

Following your own pace also teaches you about your working patterns and styles - a valuable asset for professional advancement. When you know yourself better, you can better advocate for yourself.

Improved Work-Life Balance

Following your own pace enables you to strike a better balance between work and personal life. It allows you to set boundaries, take breaks when needed, and avoid overcommitting, leading to a more sustainable and fulfilling work-life balance.

This improved well-being translates into a more positive work environment. Colleagues may notice your increased satisfaction, creativity, and collaboration, contributing to a healthier and more productive workplace culture.

4. You Procrastinate Less

Rushing through tasks can lead to procrastination and avoidance. When you work at your own pace, you're more likely to approach tasks with a sense of control, reducing the tendency to procrastinate.

When working at a pace that suits your natural rhythm, you're less likely to experience high levels of stress and burnout. Trying to keep up with an unrealistic or externally imposed pace can lead to exhaustion and decreased productivity.

Following your own pace allows you to approach tasks with a calm and focused mindset, reducing the tendency to procrastinate. When you have the time to break tasks into manageable steps and work on them gradually, a sense of accomplishment builds, reinforcing positive habits. As a result, you become more proactive and less prone to the pitfalls of procrastination.

The Bottom Line: Resting When You Need To = More Productivity 

In a world that celebrates speed, it's essential to recognize the power of moving at your own pace. Embracing your unique rhythm not only boosts productivity but also enhances the quality of your work and life. As you align your actions with your purpose, make time for joy, and create a more balanced work life, you'll find that productivity becomes a natural byproduct of a fulfilling and purpose-driven approach to your endeavors. So, take a moment to reflect, embrace your pace, and watch as your productivity soars to new heights.

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