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Your Four Work Rhythm?

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Hi! I'm a 4w3 and I work in a creative industry although my personal role is more sales than creativity. There are days when my brain switches "ON!" and I get done the work of 5 people, and at 1 AM am still going strong, coming up with new ideas and super-managing everything. I am a marvel on those days if I say so myself! BUT....

Then, there are the Other Days...when a three-toed sloth moves faster than me. I find incomplete emails when I shut down for the day, I have forgotten important things (even if they were written on my To Do list) and I want to crawl under my desk and cry because it's all so overwhelming.

I work for myself. I usually work BY myself. I seem to not be in control of what sort of work speed I'll be operating in on any given day, try as I might with vitamins, Chinese herbs, Krill Oil, yoga, meditation, deep breathing, exercise, adequate rest, iron tablets, The Power of Positive Thinking, just trying to force myself through it, moving the blood to my brain by making my head lower than my body, etc., etc., etc.....

Anyone else feel like this? Any consistent solutions?
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I only work well in flexible environments for this reason. My job (graphic/web design) has a lot of deadline "cycles", so I often have enough downtime which allows me to recharge a bit & not get burnt out and overwhelmed. I also need to be left to do my own thing, which includes some thinking time which may look like "goofing off".

When I'm having a day where I am just not in a creative mood, then I may try also to handle stuff that does not ask a lot of me in a creative sense. That may be the day I search for stock images, make some minor changes to mundane details I didn't have the patience to correct when I was in a creative whirlwind, organize things, etc.

I also try and fall back on a few "self-motivating" tricks I have, although these cannot be abused nor are the fool-proof.

I also remind myself (and others, if needed), that when I'm ON, then I'm ON, and I get a LOT done too. I think it's okay to work in burst instead of "slow and steady". Many cultures may not value that work style, but it's efficient in it's own way & the bottom line is stuff gets DONE. If you can find an environment which allows & even appreciates that, then that's ideal...

FYI, a lot of this is "Pe issues" also. I'll post an article someone posted on another board about the Pe work style & its benefits, if I can find it & remember to :p. It's useful in seeing your strengths & how to make the best of them (as opposed to the typical criticisms of the Pe style which misinterpret us as lazy or disorganized or whatever).
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