We all have those days when we are just not achieving what we set out to do and I am having one of those days today. I thought this is an ideal time to analyse why its happening and what I do about it. Today, my biggest issue is technology! No real surprise there. I wrote down a few notes that might help you, when you have a day like I am having.
First I try to find the reason behind my lack of productivity. It makes me feel better if I know there is a reason. This can be anything from lack of sleep, having something important on my mind, there are distractions such as home life or I am not motivated to work on the project at hand. Once I have the reason, I can decide what to do about it. Sometimes there is no reason or many reasons so I just remind myself that that’s ok too.
I almost always take a break. I go get a coffee, chat to a friend on social media or text, or go into the garden for some air. 10 minutes or so may be enough for you to get your groove back on.
If things have not improved, I move on to another task. Chances are if you are not motivated to work on a particular project, 10 minutes will not really help. If you are making a journal, try making the tags, download digitals, cut something out; I try to do a task that is easy so that I can use the time to think.
If this is not really an option because I just know I will not achieve anything, I use the time to learn. This can also be a great motivator but be careful; it can also be the start of yet another project that may not get finished! I watch YouTube, learn a technique, watch someone new, watch something completely unrelated to what I do. If I feel like I have learnt something, I feel more productive even if I have not created anything myself.
I always find that I am more productive if I have planned and am prepared, that’s another post, but I sometimes use unproductive days to plan future projects, the following week or even long term goals and tasks. I am realistic though; I know these may not be complete, as unproductive days will pop up again!
So in short, my top tips for those unproductive days:
- Try to figure out the reason for your unproductive day.
- Take a short break
- Move onto another task
- Learn something new
Oh, one last thing … on an unproductive day, try to make someone smile. That will ALWAYS make you feel better.
Thanks for reading and I hope you have taken something away, especially if today is your unproductive day too.