Lately, I’ve been in an unproductive slump. I come home from a full day of class and work, and the only thing I can think about is watching Castle with my roomies. Don’t get me wrong, those are often my favorite moments, but then I find myself waking up ungodly early (I’m talking 4 a.m.) in a desperate rush to catch up on my mile-long to-do list. Now that I’m finally getting back in the grove of things, I thought I’d share all the things that help me stay motivated.
Whenever I had a long day, and I still have a lot on my to-do list, I like to spend an hour or two at the gym. A quick run will instantly help to clear my fatigue. A couple more exercises and that post-gym high leaves me feeling like I can conquer the world, well at least my to-do list.
This tip might not apply to everyone, but I’m never as productive when I stay in. My space is my cozy place, and cozy doesn’t necessarily equate to productivity as much as it equates to sweatpants and best friends. Instead, I love studying at local coffee shops. It gives me a chance to get way more done because of the limited distractions while preventing a mad case of wanderlust. On the days when my wallets screaming a desperate plea of surrender or the weather decides to corporate, I love working at the picnic bench under my favorite tree (yes, that’s not a typo I have a favorite tree).
Refresh Your Space
If you prefer to work at home, refresh your space to make it feel more productive. Start with decluttering your space to make it less overwhelming. Then make sure your desk is functional. Ask yourself if you find yourself feeling motivated when you sit at your desk, if not spice it up. Also, as insurance leave your stuff out the night before, you’re less liking to procrastinate doing it. When you finally sit down to work make sure you have everything you need, snacks, your favorite pens, etc. This will limit the chances of you getting distracted.
Get a Goal Buddy
Sometimes a task is too big for just one person, and that’s when a goal buddy comes in. A goal buddy is someone you meet with once a week (or really just as much as you want) to discuss your goals; not only does it hold you accountable but they can also give you some tips. I mentioned in my How to Stick to Your Goals post that it’s important to surround yourself with the right group of people. By surrounding yourself with equally motivated people (like your goal buddy), you’re more likely to feel inspired to accomplish your goals. I just starting having weekly writing dates with my best friend. Despite both wanting to be writers we often can’t find the motivation, so instead, we motivate each other. If you don’t have time to meet with someone you can do it through calls or even send each other motivational text.
Take A Productive Break
It’s important not to wear yourself out, and the only way to do that is by taking a break. But make sure it’s productive. For instance, during my breaks, I work on my personal projects, such as my blog or art projects. This way it’s something that I look forward to, but I don’t lose my productive flow. I found that when my breaks consisted of a “short” youtube video, my break would slowly increase until it’s time to change into pajamas and turn the lights off. Don’t get me wrong, I still hang with friends and enjoy a good show, but only after I’ve finished everything I need to.
I hope these tips make your week the most productive one yet! Comment below with whether you’re more productive in your own space or by going somewhere new?