How to be productive when you’re not feeling motivated at all? There are days where I’d rather stay in bed and watch Netflix than get up and get shit done. You know what I’m talking about, right? Unfortunately for my “lazy inner-me”, some things have to be done, and they have to be done today. Here are my best tips to be productive when you’re not feeling motivated !
1. BE REALISTIC
One mistake that people often make is to overestimate their ability to do a quantity of things in a limited time. You only have 24hours in a day (so does Beyonce), and your brain is probably not able to focus on something for 16 hours straight. When you’re being unrealistic about how much you can do in a day, you end up feeling totally discouraged and doing nothing at all.
Know your limits, and how much you can do without feeling totally overwhelmed. That way you will feel more willing (and motivated) to do what you have to do.
2. WRITE DOWN A TO-DO LIST
You know my love for to do lists – I can’t do anything without them. And I have one right here just for you !
To do lists help me declutter my mind and allow me to be more organized. Nothing discourages me more than not knowing exactly what I have to do, it’s like moving in the dark. You don’t know where you are nor where you’re going. Things are so much easier to do when you know when to begin !
3. GET ENOUGH SLEEP
Who would want to get up when they didn’t get enough sleep? No one. It may sound like a good idea to stay up late in order to finish what you have to do, but it’s not. The couple of hours that you gained the previous day will get you tired and unable to really focus on what you have to do for the whole next day – it’s just not worth it.
Allow yourself to have a good -and full- night of sleep. You will wake up feeling so much better the next day, and that to do list won’t seem so horrible anymore.
4. EAT THE FROG
There is probably an item on your list that you always put off until tomorrow, because you don’t want to do it. But the thing is, completing the harder items first will let you feeling proud of what you just did, and more willing to do the next items. After all, why wouldn’t you follow your list now the the worst part is being you ?
5. ALLOW YOURSELF TO HAVE SOME FREE TIME
When you feel like you’ve had enough, allow yourself to do something else for a while. I usually watch an episode of my favourite show or write stuffs in one of my (too numerous) notebooks. Just let your brain decompress and do what you like for a while !
That’s also what I was talking about sooner when I said that you have to be realistic and know your limits. It’s okay if it takes longer than what you thought it would. Don’t push yourself too hard, when you’ve had enough, you’ve had enough. If you can’t complete your task without taking a break, then take a break, you don’t have to feel guilty about it. It will be much easier for you to do your tasks if you know that you can stop without feeling guilty at any moment.
6. MAKE IT PLEASANT
That’s probably the most important advice I can give you. Try to find a way to make your task pleasant. Put your favourite song on, light a scented candle, make a cup of tea, whatever makes you feel good. You will feel much more willing to be productive if you find a way to like (or at least hate less) what you have to do.
Even if I love blogging, this morning I just wasn’t feeling motivated to get up early and write this post. Okay, there are things worse than blogging, I admit. But I worked all week, and today is my day off so all I wanted to do was sitting on my couch and watch TV. But instead I got up, headed to the kitchen to make myself a cup of tea, and right now I am sitting on a comfy chair, with a warm blanket on and listening music. That’s the way I found to make this task much more enjoyable !
Being productive is not always easy ! We all have days where we just don’t feel like doing anything that we have to, and it’s okay. We are not robots. So be indulgent with yourself, and just do what you can on those days where you want to be lazy !
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