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There's no such thing as doing easy work to achieve your goals. In the past week, I've had many moments when I wanted to yell out obscenities in frustration. Unexpected things can happen, which throw you off your course. You'll likely fall behind in work. You'll likely stress out. Preparation can do so much, but sometimes, you just can't avoid a giant obstacle. 

Although it may be easier to remain frustrated, what benefit will that do? Here are some suggestions on how to overcome an unexpected hurdle and get back on track with your goals. 

  1. Be honest. Be honest with yourself. Are you truly ready to get back to work? Also, be honest with your colleagues. Be open about what you're going through. It's not necessary to share every single detail, but at least shed some light to your state. It's better to be transparent, than leave them in the dark. 
  2. Let all your emotions and frustrations out. Confide with someone you trust, and let them know what you're struggling with. Bottling up negative emotions can only do harm for yourself. Don't feel comfortable in sharing your emotions to another person? Take out a pen and paper or open up a new Word doc and empty out all your thoughts. Freewrite. Don't hit backspace, and keep on typing. This is exactly how I'm typing up this post.
  3. Prioritize your projects and commitments. Consider everything that you are working on or are committed to. Which ones are your highest priority? Don't be afraid to say no or cancel other plans. 
  4. Place constraints on yourself and rid yourself of distractions. Set aside a number of hours during the day to focus and work on your project. Commit to being concentrated by removing distractions, such as social media, email, mindless surfing, and others. Turn off your phone and all other unnecessary electronics. If you are working in an office or at home, let others know that you are busy and cannot be distracted. 
  5. Be willing to become a hermit. On the same note of placing constraints, the same goes for placing social constraints. Sacrifice a few meetups and plans with friends if it means that the extra hours of doing productive work will mean that you will get back on track with your project. 
  6. Take care of yourself. Many of my suggestions have been on focus and concentration. However, don't forget to take care of yourself as well. Doing extra work is not an excuse to binge on junk food or forgo breaks. Remember to take breaks. Stretch out and go for a walk outdoors. Eat healthy food. 

Do you have any tips on how to get productive again after some time away from work? 

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