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This post will be sharing five productivity hacks for days when you’re unmotivated.
There are days when you wake up and you just don’t want to do anything. It doesn’t help that the UK weather is incredibly unpredictable and switches up wherever. For a lot of us, the weather has a drastic effect on our moods. I’ve definitely been there. Lately, I seem to have a few productive weeks and then one completely unproductive one. This usually comes during my period.
But then a few days ago, I realised that I needed to find a way to switch up my routine when I’m unmotivated. Yes, it’s nice to Netflix and chill but sometimes it’s just a waste of time. Just because you’re unmotivated to work, doesn’t mean that you should be completely useless. Except you’re sick and need complete bed rest. In fact, the only time I allow myself to completely take the day off is when I have really bad period cramps. Other times, I try to create a simple routine of sorts. Which is what I’m going to be sharing with you today.
Here are five Productivity Hacks for days when you’re unmotivated
Do less brain tasking work
For someone like me, my to-do list comprises of activities that require brain work. From writing a blog post, creating a course or updating a strategy. It almost always requires mental energy from my part. But for my down days, I realised that I could still get a bit done by doing less tasking brain work. It could be something as simple as manual pinning on Pinterest or doing market research on Facebook groups or even creating TikTok videos. It’s usually a social media activity that doesn’t require much from me.
Ideally, your to-do list should be split into different levels of priority. From the most important to the least important. If you’re trying to do certain tasks that tops your list and you can’t find the energy to, maybe settle for something at the bottle of your list. Either way, an item is crossed out. Yes, we shouldn’t be relying on motivation because of its fickle in nature. Instead, we need to learn how to build habits that encourage consistency.
But the issue is, it is easier said than done. Particularly during this pandemic, a lot of our productivity levels have been affected. It’s a miracle we’re getting any work done. So, don’t be hard on yourself. If you know that you’re most productive at the beginning of the week, adjust your routine accordingly. Prioritise the most important goals for Monday to Wednesday. When your productivity starts to dwindle by Thursday, you would have worked halfway through your list.
Do something different. E.g read a book
Once upon a time, I used to read about a 100 book a year. These days, I barely read 10 books. But I started to notice a trend. Anytime I got unproductive and generally unmotivated. I could easily finish a book (usually fiction and non-work related) in one sitting. When I’m done with that book, I come out refreshed and ready to conquer my next tasks. This was where I realised that I badly needed to switch up my routines. I was gradually returning to my former workaholic ways and it wasn’t helping at all. So, anytime I start a feel a dive in my productivity levels, I know it’s time to pick up a book or just do something completely different.
Don’t do anything at all.
Not doing anything at all is easily the hardest for me. My mind starts to guilt-trip about all the things I could possibly be doing that I’m not. But sometimes inactivity is necessary for your creative juices to flow. We’re so used to constantly working round the clock that not working feels like an abnormally. Especially those of us that have digital jobs, it can be very hard to unplug even for a day. But unknown to us, this habit is gradually affecting us. Been constantly plugged in will not increase your productivity. Neither will it help you create your best work.
Sometimes the reason why we’re unmotivated to work is as a result of monotony. We keep doing the same things over and over for a long time expecting to produce the same results. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work like that. Sometimes, you need to be inspired to create your best work. There’s a reason why I spend a few minutes on TikTok daily. The level of creativity displayed is currently unmatched. Hence, I like to watch the kids and the few adults do stuff to ignite my creativity and get inspired. So far, it has helped me a lot. If TikTok is not your thing, go on YouTube or Pinterest. If you feel like you are having regular bouts of demotivation and unproductivity, work an inspiration slot into your routine. It can be a daily or weekly thing. Just make sure you’re seeking and getting inspiration regularly.
I hope these five productivity hacks will help you as much as it did for me.
Do you share your fave productivity hacks with me in the comments.
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