Don't fight the rhythm

(Hat tip to Kathy Sierra for Creating Passionate Users: Rhythm method)

One of the problems with driven employees is that they think they should be working–all of the time. I know, because I think I should be working all the time.

But here’s the thing: there are going to be down times. Times when no work gets done.

Why, pray tell, is that the case?

Because we’re human. And we have a rhythm. And that rhythm isn’t 150 bpm all day, every day. It comes and it goes.

That means motivation comes and goes. And creativity comes and goes. And bad moods come and go. And good moods come and go. And procrastination comes and goes. And hyperactivity comes and goes. Everything comes and goes.

We need to recognize that. And we need to work within that construct.

So you’re having a hard time getting back into it after Thanksgiving. Or you’re suffering from some holiday doldrums already. Don’t worry. Work with it. Use it to your advantage. Embrace it. Don’t fight it.

You’re smart enough to make it work.

About Rick Turoczy

More than mildly obsessed with the Portland startup scene. Editor at Silicon Florist. Co-founder and general manager at PIE.
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