Have you ever have one of those unproductive days when you just feel lazy, and don’t want to work or do anything? Maybe it’s your laziest day ever.
I sure have. Yesterday was one of them — I didn’t even write. I did a little work but not everything I had planned. We all have our lazy and unproductive days. Sometimes we didn’t get enough sleep, sometimes we just don’t have motivation, and sometimes we get distracted by other things.
So what do you do? I am going to share some of my favorite things to do on a less productive days. Try them; they just might work for you too!
1. Find Something Fun to Do
If you’re feeling unmotivated, it may just be that the things on your to-do list are boring. You need to find something exciting to do! This can be a bit of a challenge for some, but here’s how to do it: take a step back, close your eyes, and just let your mind go. What would be fun to do today? How can you get outside of your normal routine? Then choose something fun and exciting from your list, — it’s better than doing nothing!
Getting excited about something is the best way to get out of those unmotivated doldrums. Find your passion, and pursue it!
2. Kill Distractions
What is it that’s distracting you today? If you find a way to block yourself from that distraction, you can get a lot more done. It’s hard, I know. A good method: have a friend or coworker stop you from using the distraction. Another good method: disconnect the Internet. I know I get a lot more done when I do that.
3. Just Relax
OK, so you don’t get anything done today. Does the world end? Sometimes, especially if you’ve been doing a lot of work, your brain just needs a rest. Take that rest day! Let yourself rejuvenate. If you can take the day off, do it! If not, just goof around today, and get back to work tomorrow. You might just find yourself recharged.
4. Take a Walk
Get the blood circulating! Sitting at your desk all day can take a lot out of you. Get up, walk around, go outside if you can. Ten minutes of fresh air can get you relaxed and ready to crank out the work.
5. Take a Shower
I know this sounds weird, but if you don’t feel clean, you might not feel productive. So go take a shower! You’ll feel much better, and ready to work. It’s amazing how much of a difference a shower can have.
6. Take a Nap
I know, I know are you serious!? If I can sneak in a nap, it always helps me out. I feel refreshed and much more ready to face the work in front of me.
7. Crank Up the Music
Nothing gets you going better than an upbeat tune. Seriously, give it a try. Anything that’s got a good beat will do.
I think, for me, it’s a matter of finding ways to still get the important stuff done when I’m not feeling productive, and also allowing myself to take breaks now and then. Our minds need a break — we can’t go full charge all the time.
About the Author
Punam Shah is not your traditional yogi; she’s a green juicing, red wine drinking, and French cheese-loving gal! A firm believer of balance, she explores herself through meditation, yoga, running a household, and just being herself. She has a beautiful daughter and loving husband and lives in Connecticut. You can follow her musings on her website: www.serenityandyou.com
Main picture: JD Hancock