202024 Nov
12 Ways to Avoid Self-Sabotaging Your Productivity
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“The critical inner voice likes to keep us in a box, pigeonholed by an identity assigned to us and not necessarily one we earned,” writes Lisa Firestone Ph.D. “It can be tricky and flood us with thoughts that are seemingly self-soothing. After all, it’s much easier “to recognize an internal enemy when it’s yelling at you that you’re stupid or a failure.” However, most of us struggle with identifying those thoughts that encourage us to engage in unhealthy habits. But, “once we give in to bad habits or avoid going after what we want, our inner critic starts in with the self-punishing thoughts,” such as “You’ll never amount to anything.” Definitely — make (and schedule) time to rest and celebrate your accomplishments. “How much time he gains who does not look to see what his neighbor says or does or thinks, but only at what he does himself, to make it just and holy.” — Marcus Aurelius, Meditations It’s so easy to fall into this trap. For example, if you’ve never had Indian cuisine, make visiting that new Thai restaurant in town a part of your date night agenda.

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