Unproductivity — It Sucks. 8 Ways to Kill Unproductivity.

Ever have one of those unproductive days when you just feel lazy, and don’t want to work on anything on your to-do list?

 

I sure have. A bunch of times. Most often even.

We all have our lazy and unproductive days. Sometimes we didn’t get enough sleep, sometimes we just don’t have motivation, and sometimes we get distracted by a fun new game, or nice new anime (Future Diary).

 

So what do you do? Here are 8 unproductivity-day strategies.

1. Find something fun to do. If you’re feeling unmotivated, it may just be that the things on your to-do list bore you. You need to find something exciting to do! This can be a bit of a challenge for some, but here’s how to do it: take a step back, close your eyes, and just let your mind go. What would be fun to do today? How can you get outside of your normal routine? What are you passionate about? What would be fresh and new to you? Let the ideas flow, then start writing them down (you can open your eyes at this point).

Then choose something fun and exciting from your list, even if it’s not something urgent — it’s better than doing nothing!

Getting excited about something is the best way to get out of those unmotivated doldrums. Find your passion, and pursue it!

2. Kill distractions. What is it that’s distracting you today? Whether that’s some new website you discovered (Funimation?), a forum, facebook, some form of farmville or Bejeweled, or whatever … if you find a way to block yourself from that distraction, you can get a lot more done.

It’s hard, I know. A good method: have a friend or coworker stop you from using the distraction. Another good method: disconnect the Internet. I know I get a lot more done when I do that. :)

3. Exercise. Force yourself. Shed a sweat. Exercise is always nice. Think about the fats you’re going to burn.

Plus, exercise always makes you feel better right after.

4. Just relax. OK, so you don’t get anything done today. Does the world end? Sometimes, especially if you’ve been doing a lot of work, your brain just needs a rest. Take that rest day! Let yourself rejuvenate. If you can take the day off, do it! If not, just goof around today, and get back to work tomorrow. You might just find yourself recharged.

5. Take a walk. Sometimes you just need to get the blood circulating. Sitting at your desk all day can take a lot out of you. Get up, walk around, go outside if you can. Ten minutes of fresh air can get you relaxed and ready to crank out the work!

6. Take a shower. If you work at home (like I sometimes do), it’s very tempting to just get up and start working in your pajamas (or worse). But if you don’t feel clean, you might not feel productive. So go take a shower! You’ll feel much better, and ready to work. It’s amazing how much of a difference a shower and a shave can make!

7. Take a nap. The ultimate unproductivity tool. If I can sneak in a nap, it always helps me out. I feel refreshed and much more ready to face the work in front of me.

8. Crank up the music. Nothing gets you going better than an upbeat tune. Seriously, give it a try. Anything that’s got a good beat will do. Preferably louder music is recommended… to jump-start the brain.

 

Plus, if you have any suggestions to beat a boring, lazy, unproductive day — please write them in the comments section. Thanks!

Dean Castro

About Dean Castro

A depressed call center agent by day, happy writer by night. Who knew?

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