Time at work is literally money.
Feeling unproductive at work wastes an entire day and you leave the office with the same amount of work you had when you arrived this morning. Unproductivity often leads to guilt that causes you to dwell on this moody feeling- which leaves even more work undone!
In order to maximise every minute, try one of the following things when you’re stuck in a long period of unproductiveness.
1. Take a look at your calendar
Scanning through your to-do list often gets you worrying about their deadlines and when you should start working on the individual tasks. Place this list next to your calendar and when you actually see how much work you have to complete within a few days, it’ll get your mind and heart revving and motivated to complete your jobs. You wouldn’t want to push the deadline!
2. Take a long walk
Stop feeling sorry for yourself and push yourself away from your desk before heading downstairs for a long walk- we mean about 5 to 10 minutes. This will clear your mind and increase your blood flow and metabolism. The extra rush of blood ought to pump you up before you proceed back to your desk and reassess your daily tasks.
3. Scroll through Instagram
Set 5 minutes of your time to scroll through the explore page on Instagram. The various pictures and different colours serve as a mood board to ignite the inspiration in your mind. Talk about visual motivation!
4. Plug into some good music
Don’t listen to lyrical tracks, that will only get you jamming along to the words and send you further down into a rabbit hole of unproductivity. I mean, the obvious choice would be listening to a playlist of classical ballads. But if you’re looking for something a bit more modern, Youtube has a plenty of Live videos that play funky, upbeat music for working.
Of course, we always remember our old friend Joe in times of need. Tired? Have a cup of coffee. Unproductive? Well, have a cup of coffee! The caffeine revs you up and alerts your senses for the busy day ahead. Alternatively, pop a few squares of dark chocolate in your mouth. Chocolate bumps up your feel-good mood and improves focus.
6. Clear your desk
If you’re one of those people with a perennially messy desk, clean it up. The mess on it reflects the mess in your mind and that often dulls one enthusiasm as they are unsure of how to approach their daily to-do list. Instead, spend some time clearing your desk by setting things where they are supposed to be. Done? Now that everything is in neat stacks, scribble down your assignments and meetings on a page. This sets things clear enough for your mind to pick out and helps in getting you started on your work straight away.
7. Text your friend
Drop a message to one of your working friends and tell them how unproductive you’re feeling. Then, check in with them every one hour or so as you tell them how much you’ve accomplished. With someone else as the witness to your personal daily tasks, you’re sure to create a good image for yourself by trying to complete your list of jobs instead of always texting back, ‘Nope, got nothing done.’
Be warned though, it’s also a bad thing if you get so revved up that you complete way too much in a small amount of time. That makes you crash and burn, leading to another bout of unproductivity. Do a moderate amount of tasks as you balance your personal well-being with your busy office life to lessen the number of unproductive days you have.