This is a repeat post - but it is one that I think truly needs to be remembered and put out there again and again. So it's time to check in and see if you or your clients are in an Unproductive Phase of Life.
While working towards being productive is taking a step in the right direction. Working on being organized and expecting magnificent and tangible results are unrealistic during certain phases or periods of time. I think it helps us to acknowledge when we are in these unproductive times. This acceptance of the situation makes us or the client calmer and more relaxed. This new state of mind then sets the foundation for future productivity efforts.
Know to identify the Unproductive Phases of Life
Having a child in ½ day kindergarten and being the designated driver to pick up and drop off
Those 2 – 3 days waiting for definitive biopsy or health test results
Your third trimester during pregnancy
During a home remodeling project
A parent having 3 children under age 5
Immediately 1 – 12 months after having surgery
A new parent having just born or adopted a child
The year you handle a family, friend or relatives estate
The first 6 months to 9 months after a move
Six months to two years after the breakup of a significant relationship
Serving as primary caretaker to a chronically ill or declining family member
The year following the death of a loved one or friend