Is your sleep schedule a mess? As of late, I’ve been somewhere between incredibly productive and barely able to get any writing done due to my lack of focus. My sleep has been terrible lately because I haven’t been giving enough variation to my day-to-day routine. When the days start to meld together, it can be easy to procrastinate the work, and instead, sleep the day away only to wake to mounds of tasks still left to complete. If you’re anything like me, this has become your new regular, and you’re trying to figure out a way to change it.
I decided it was time for me to genuinely discuss why I’ve been finding it so difficult to be productive, so I could come up with a realistic solution to fixing the problem instead of going through the motions every day and feeling overwhelmed as a result. Resetting your schedule can be challenging, especially if you’ve been struggling with it for a long time. Still, I’ve found it better to incorporate smaller changes into your routine versus trying to modify it overnight wholly.
Here are a few tips that have helped me reset, recharge, and prepare for a productive workday – every day.
Identify the Activities that Help You Wind Down
Since being inside for quite a few weeks now, I’ve gotten into the habit of incorporating my “wind-down” activities into my work breaks, which made me get off track and procrastinate far more than getting a substantial amount of work done. Whatever your downtime activities may be, whether that’s reading a book, watching your favorite television show, or taking a long bath-try to stick to only doing these things at the end of the workday. This way, it’ll feel a lot more rewarding, and you won’t find yourself struggling to get back to work after your break.
Clear Your Mind and Plan for the Following Day
When I’m getting ready for bed, I take the time to have a quick five-minute planning session of what I can expect from the upcoming workday. Once I’ve managed to lay out my tasks and have a pretty good idea of where to start first thing the next morning, I can focus on clearing my mind and switching off for the night. I like to workout in the evenings because I do feel quite tired afterward, showering, curling up with a good book before I get some rest. This helps me to genuinely relax and not worry too much about all the work that I need to accomplish the next day.
Talk Yourself Into Doing Work Instead of Procrastinating
We’ve all been there, waking up later than we would’ve liked, and trying to talk ourselves out of doing work because we already feel like it’s too late to start. Try talking yourself into doing the work, because you’d be surprised how much you can get done once you’ve overcome the initial hurdle of beginning. Whenever I get the urge to procrastinate too early on in the workday, I take a moment to refocus my productivity (and convincing myself that once I get through everything, I can have those moments of relaxation I look forward to).
Engage in a Little Self-Reflection
Sometimes, when working incredibly hard every day has become the norm, we forget to look back and see the progress we’ve made. I like to keep a journal, capture my thoughts towards the end of the day, and give myself a little written “pat-on-the-back” for what I managed to accomplish that day. It helps me to look back and see my journey as a writer, as well as lay out a clear plan of how I’m going to continue encouraging growth.
Understand the Power of Perspective
You’re the only person that can convince yourself it’s worth it to get up and get back to work. There’s nothing wrong with seeking out a little inspiration, taking the time to tell ourselves that it’s worth it to try because eventually, we’ll have a much easier time getting things done once we start to build momentum. It’s amazing what a shift in perspective can do for your work ethic, and it’s never too late to start making those changes in your life.
I hope these tips help you to relax, recharge and get ready to tackle the work first thing tomorrow!
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Anisa Nasir is a freelance writer and aspiring novelist. She lives in Toronto, Canada with her husband and family. She’s the writer behind As She Writes.