I’ve had a week of Internet connection hell! I’m now resigned to tethering non stop or switching ‘G’s(eh?) every new page which seems to work but takes triple the time and is starting to get a little tedious. In general I feel like things are going pretty slowly and I’m not being my most productive self, or even just my usual level of productive which ok, is not super quick but it is much faster than what I’m working with right now!
So I’ve been feeling a little demotivated. I think in general it’s good to have a down day every now and then. Sometimes when the work just isn’t happening it’s your minds way of telling you it’s not going to. Relax, clean or just do something other than what you’re pushing through at the moment and eventually it will all come back to you.
I will always forgive myself when I feel like this for a day. I’ll try to get a few things done, no pressure and I usually end up productively procrastinating by cleaning out my fridge or ruthlessly organising by wardrobe and afterwards feel pretty damn pleased with myself, but this cannot go on for too long. The work needs to be done at some point and hopefully before the deadline
Aim to get just one thing done.
If you’re feeling overwhelmed just pick one thing off the list and focus on that. Break it down into smaller chunks and work through them slowly and in a focussed way. Soon you’ll have completed the task and you’ll have completed your task for the day and you can choose to move onto the next one… if you want.
Go for a run.
I have such a love/hate relationship with my gym. If I’m struggling to get work done then spending time needlessly running seems like the exact opposite thing I should be doing in order to get everything I need to get done. Honestly, It’s not even as if I’m running to get anywhere? But as soon as I’ve completed the workout and I’m back at my desk all of my stresses have magically disappeared and I’m able to get double the amount done. Just 15 minutes of exercise can have this effect on me. So if you’re feeling in a slump take just 15 minutes and go for a jog. You’ll be glad you did!
Switch it up.
There are days when I cannot for the life of me write a couple of paragraphs for a blog post and days when everything I seem to make goes wrong. When you’re having one of these days stop what you’re doing and switch your focus. When I’m really struggling to do hands on work I’ll spend the day at my computer sending emails, scheduling a few tweets or Facebook posts and writing up any ideas I’ve had. These are the jobs I usually get a little behind on which means my day is so just as productive than it would have been, only if a different way.
Yes, lists are the procrastinators best friend but not only do they help you feel like you’re being productive they can also help you make the most of the days when you’re not. I have a list dedicated to small and manageable 5 minute jobs. Things like “print out freelance sheets”, “sort receipts” or “reply to blog comments”. These smaller jobs are low priority but are useful, quick and essentially necessary to running the business side of the blog. YAY lists!
Most of the time when I feel like I’m not getting anything done it’s because I’m unsure of or worried about the outcome. If I have a DIY that has a technique or skill I’ve never tried before I subconsciously put it off and make excuses not to do it. Even when I know roughly what I’m doing the idea of getting it wrong scares me into not doing it at all! The funny thing is that usually during the process of starting and working through the project I become much more motivated and learn a lot more. Just had to make the first move!
I hope these tips help you kick yourself into gear on the slower days and remember not to work yourself too hard on these days. Do small things, take care of yourself and become a productivity goddess!