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I’ve been wallowing for the last few days. Actually, it’s been like that for the last few weeks. I let my emotions get the better of me and didn’t really focus on doing anything productive.

This happens. It happens to us all and we go into a spiral of being moody and grumpy. For someone like me, who likes to be productive all the time, this really creates negativity. My emotions hamper my productivity, which in turn makes me even more grumpy. It’s a vicious cycle.

Trying to force productivity at a time like this is even worse. You keep feeling like you’ve failed. And there’s nothing like the feeling of failure to make you feel even more depressed.

Powering through doesn’t seem to be the answer. And trying to put more on your to-do list isn’t the answer either.

The only answer is to take a step back and try to understand why these feelings are plaguing you. The next step is to think about what you need to do address those concerns. The process isn’t always easy and often it takes a few tries to make it work.

One thing that can help is bursts of productivity. Often times, you will have bursts of productivity and it’s important to give into those. Get as much done as you can during those moments and keep the feeling going.