There are a number of times during the week where people can let precious time slip away, with vacation time, sick days and unexpected emergencies being some of the major culprits.
While these occurrences can certainly put a dent in one's productivity at work, it is important to not let them cripple one's overall productivity by making up for these down periods during other times.
Many people only use relatively small percentages of their brain potential, so it is important to realize that more can always be done to make up for lost time. As such, it is important to challenge oneself to exceed typical production levels.
One of the best ways to do this is to set aggressive, optimistic goals, whether it is writing a certain amount, making a specific number of calls or creating a number of different presentations. By setting these goals, it makes a person work harder to achieve them. As such, even if the goals are not accomplished, the person likely worked harder and was more productive than usual.
Finding the proper balance in one's life is critical, and workers should also tell themselves that eventually, this hard work will pay off and they will be able to relax and enjoy themselves as a result.