How to be productive when you’re down

Good morning and Happy Sunday…Yes, I’m a morning person, and I love Sundays (but I still hate Mondays). Have you ever had days where you could not do a single thing, and you’re just lazing off and tired throughout the whole day? And have you had days where you are super productive and can work for 12+ hours without even thinking about taking a break?

Well, you’re just like everyone else, you’re normal. I’ve been thinking about this topic for quite some time and rounded up a list to keep your vibe and productivity high, and by all means, I’ve tested and tried it, and it does work wonders.

 

1. You never run out of time.

I’ve heard a lot of colleagues who’ve said that they couldn’t finish a certain assignment because they’ve run out of time. Well, to be honest, you don’t run out of time you just didn’t manage your time well, and that’s the problem.

Well, to be honest, you don’t run out of time you just didn’t manage your time well, and that’s the problem.

2. Start before hand, not the last minute

When you’ve reached the night before the deadline and haven’t done much, then sorry you’re screwed. Don’t leave the most important tasks till the last minute

3. Remove negative thoughts of “I can’t finish it”

You can finish it. If you can write your goal of the day on your laptop, a sticky note, how-ever creative or simple your writing technique is, just jot down that you plan to finish.

4. Turn your social media off.

I can’t stress on this enough. Who ever needs you will call you!! (Unless you work in PR, and social media, then good luck).

I’ve lost a whole lot of hours, on Pinterest just going from one picture to the other, telling myself “One more post”. Don’t do it! You’ll get sucked in faster than you think.

So turn your wifi and 3G/4G off! And keep your phone on vibrate, no problem there. Just remember you have priorities and when you’re done, you’ll go through Pinterest, Instagram, and Facebook until you fall asleep.

5. Directly write notes and deadlines

Don’t say “I’ll remember it”, you won’t. Our brain has this weird way of working against us sometimes. So have a separate notebook, or on your phone and set your deadlines directly after you get them.

6. Break it down into chunks

I’m not talking about slot-based timing. What I mean is if you have a course of 5 chapters, make a checklist of what you need to finish, and check it or cross it off when you’re done. It’s quite liberating.

What I mean is if you have a course of 5 chapters, make a checklist of what you need to finish, and check it or cross it off when you’re done. It’s quite liberating.

7. Set achievable goals

You shouldn’t burn yourself out by saying you will finish everything you’re slacking off today. Let’s be real! You won’t and don’t be discouraged! Let’s say you have a presentation due after 3 days, and you were slacking off before hand. Don’t fret, and break it down and ask for help. It’s never

Let’s say you have a presentation due after 3 days, and you were slacking off before hand. Don’t fret, and break it down and ask for help. It’s never wrong to ask for a bit of help

8. Take a break

You need breaks throughout the day, but don’t take 2-hour breaks. Every 2-hour of full work, get up, stretch and walk around, drink water, talk, whatever you need just relax for a bit

I can’t emphasize on the need to stretch. I’ve had days where I’d sit for 12+ hours, and at the end, I’d be crying out of pain from back pain. So stretch!

 

9. Reward yourself

After completing “an impossible” task, reward yourself. Take a break, go out, have a cookie (cake), and give yourself a pat on the back. You are awesome.

Just remember you are awesome, and you can achieve whatever you set your mind to. Change your mind-set and you’ll be fine.

Until next time,
xoxo

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