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Another enemy of productivity: Guilt

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Overworking yourself is a good way to ensure that you lose effectiveness, but Amanda Zantal-Wiener writes at HubSpot that guilt sometimes prevents us from taking time for ourselves, and she describes ways guilt can take over and kill your productivity.

Skipping breaks. When you feel pressure to stay at your desk and work all day, you can chip away at your productivity. Instead, set times for yourself to work at your desk without distractions and then times where no work is allowed to help your mind recharge.

Going it alone. Sometimes overloaded people feel guilty that they can’t finish their work, so they don’t ask for help. But being successful sometimes requires asking for help when you need it.

Seeing only “perfect” others. It’s easy to feel guilty or inadequate when you’re constantly comparing yourself with others who you hold up as “perfect.” Instead, focus on yourself and the things you can accomplish to stay productive.

— Adapted from “7 Ways You’re Letting Guilt Sabotage Your Work,” Amanda Zantal-Wiener, HubSpot.

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