I have been trying to sit down and write this post for a week now. Isn’t it ironic ( don’t you think a little too ironic… sorry it’s catchy) how I can try to write a post about being productive when you don’t want to, and completely procrastinate on it. Even I need to practice these methods sometimes, and that is exactly what I am doing now. So without further ado let’s be productive, because even though I am feeling super lazy I need to kick my butt in gear.
Accomplish something small
And when I say small I mean small. When the last thing you want to do is anything sometimes menial task like brushing your teeth, or making the bed can feel like too much. Here is the thing though those little task that are done every day which take less then a minute are important. Being able to just accomplish one tiny thing can make you feel like you are ready to take on bigger task. If you have been sitting on the couch all day go pick up three pieces of trash, brush your teeth, or wipe down a counter. You will not only feel better because you are moving, but also one thing can lead to another and before you know it important etchings are getting done.
Know your best times
Do you always feel like you need a nap at 2pm. Maybe you also know that you can never sleep past 9, and always get a burst of energy right after waking up. May you are even a night owl, and find yourself able to accomplish anything after 8pm. Figure out those times when you are feeling on top of your game and have the most energy throughout the day. Use that time to get the most important things you have to get done. There is no point in making things harder on yourself and fighting your bodies natural rhythm.
Come up with a good rewards system
If you can come up with a good reward system you may be on the right track to accomplishing your goals. Say you need to do a bunch of dishes, and you love coffee. You can create an award system when when you finish a sink of dishes you get to make yourself a cup of that liquid gold (I just love coffee). Just tell yourself you can have a when you finish b. The reward does not have to be something big, but can lead to big motivation, and make you more productive during the day (especially if it involve coffee).
Break it up
The amount of time task take to complete can make you put off doing them. Time can be a killer of productivity. Who wants to spend an hour writing an essay, or six hours deep cleaning their house? I know I don’t. If you are having a hard time focusing, and doing a long task break it up into 15 minute chunks. If you know that you only have to work for 15 minutes then you can take a 15 minute break you are more likely to jump in. Doing task in smaller chunks allows you to put more effort into them. Heck sometimes you may even find you end up engrossed in what you are accomplishing and decide to keep working till you are done. Having that out every 15 minutes though can make you feel more in control of what you are doing.
Put down the electronic devices
Picking up your phone and scrolling through social media or Pinterest can seem like a simple thing. These things can draw you in though. Before you notice it you have spent an hour mindlessly scrolling through nothing. It is so easy to do in today’s world where all the entertainment you could ever want is just a click away. Sometimes though to get things done you need to just cut yourself off.
Turn the ringer on your phone to silent, shutdown the computer, and tuck away your tablet. Without the distraction of a device that is constantly notifying you to come play with it you can be a lot more productive. Know your electronic weaknesses. If you are one to pull up Facebook on your phone multiple times at work… delete it… everything will still be there when you get home. Do you find yourself reading a lot of books on your phone and zoning out well get yourself a kindle instead. To get things done when you are not feeling like it you need to minimize distractions. You also need to not give yourself other things to do. By turning off your phones, and putting electronics out of reach you are taking away one of the biggest distractions.
Now get going on the different task you need to accomplish to live your life the best it can be. After all Nike is right when they say Just Do It.
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