How do you stay productive when something bad happens?
Hey makers, this has been a though week for me since my dog got very sick and it got me both worried and sad. I couldn't get anything done this week. How do you keep making progress even when you are worried or something bad gets in your way?
I sincerely pray that your dog gets better. To answer your question: for me, I would usually take some time off from doing any work for about a couple of hours. Then I try to be optimistic and remain that way. It's hard but life itself is hard. You have to keep on grinding/hustling. Don't give up!
Hoping your dog gets better! Sometimes I can work just to switch off emotions - when there are people involved it can make things hard since they can interpret the situation as if I wasn't caring. In reality, this is how I put things into "processing". Not thinking actively about the issues and facing them once they're "cooked". I know this might not be helpful for a situation where sickness is involved, but generally, shielding yourself with work can function if there's something urgent going on and you might be letting other people down by not being active.
Passionate Lead Developer
I hope your dog will recover soon. In such situations, I always remind myself: "Why am I doing this? Why did I started it?" then it instantly reminds me memories back in time and put me on an unexplained good level of energy. Also, meeting up with friends, doing sport and walking in forests/mountains is always a good way to reset my brain. It helps also to think in a rational way so I keep emotions on the side and focus better in hard moments.
First of all, don't be so hard on yourself. It's not a crime, nor bad, to take off a week or two to focus on life. Maybe divert from your main project and focus on a smaller project/new habit you've been putting off to get back in the groove. My dog is my life and when she had a bad allergic reaction last month, I couldn't get anything done for a week myself. I hope you and your pup get well soon!
Financial models & startup growth
Hope your dog gets better soon. Sometimes it's tough. I was having a hard time staying productive when I was facing some challenges with immigration a few months ago. What worked to mitigate a bit for me was eating healthy, exercising, and trying to sleep regularly. Still some days my mind was completely off, so in that case I found it's just better to take a day off and get some distraction: video games, sports, going to a park, whatever works for you.
Sorry to hear about your dog. Hope they get better soon! I try to come to terms with the fact that I may not be productive that week and buffer out my goals and expectations so that If I get absolutely nothing done, it's OK. If you must get something done, I recommend breaking items down into smaller goals and figuring out if it's possible to delegate some things. Make sure you plan time for yourself though :)
I try to change the focus and do things that make me feel better (go to a good place and drink coffee that I'm obsessed with). While I'm drinking coffee I don't think about the bad stuff. To be honest I refuse to think about stuff that makes me sad at all. That's my meditation. Another good thing is to read/watch an interview with the person whos inspires you. Everyone has bad days and you have to know that you're not alone. Actually, sports helps too.