We are all very productive and efficient on a day-to-day basis (Don’t argue with me! Just let’s pretend that we are). But all of us have those days when nothing seems to get done.
We have a huge to-do list in front of us, but something is always stopping us from doing it. We’d rather lay down and watch Netflix or TV or YouTube videos for hours and hours (Believe me, I waste so much time on YouTube!).
So what should we do to get into the «productive mood» again? I decided to share some of my tips that seem to help me drag myself from the couch and away from vicious YouTube.
1 – The first step is ACCEPTANCE! It is okay to let yourself relax sometimes, especially when the to-do list get out of control! We need time to recharge, get our minds off the mundane things and just rest for a bit. Note: The code word here is «a bit»! Resting is good but when we get too much of it we get lazy!
2 – I was talking about to-do lists. Well, another way to get more efficient is to actually write down all the things that need to be done. What I usually do here is break my lists into “urgent” or “not urgent” piles. For example, I make sure to write down when my ARC reviews are due so I won’t miss them and can actually get ahead.
3 – On the «lazy» day, don’t push yourself too hard. Start with the small and simple tasks and make your way through the list as far as you can get. However, never, NEVER force yourself to read. It will result in not enjoying the book, make your hobby more like an obligation and in worse case you will read yourself to a reading slump (We don’t want that!).
4 – Reward yourself for every accomplished task. Be it something simple like tidying your room or something more difficult and time consuming, like finishing the last tome of «War and Peace» by Lev Tolstoy.
5 – Finally, find things that make you more productive. For me, for example, an episode of Gilmore Girls instantly makes me want to read, to learn, to be efficient and do 100 things at the same time! (but I stay and watch Gilmore Gilrs over and over again)
Find the right balance between working and resting, and the «lazy» days will make you feel relaxed and rested instead of guilty for not doing much!
Let me know in the comments down below what are your ways to always stay at the top of your game.