We’ve all been there. That lousy place where the thought of a glaring task is killing any motivation and you have to complete it. You have been scrolling on Instagram and TikTok most of the morning, daydreaming about your Summer holidays, but all this procrastination has led you nowhere. So what can you do to be more productive when you have no motivation?
Here are four steps to help you get back to work.
#1 Change your environment
Get up and go somewhere different. Even if you are crunched for time, take an elevator ride down to the lobby and back up again. You can also go for a quick walk or work from the nearest cafe. A change of scenery can change your state of mind.
#2 Get some exercise
If you aren’t working on a tight deadline, get your head back in the game. Even a brisk walk around your building can help you reset your perspective. We always seem to be saying this, because for us here at CGD HQ doing exercise actually makes us more productive and able to take on more tasks! It really works.
#3 Break larger or more difficult tasks into bite-size pieces
You have so much to do and you haven’t even started. That can be so overwhelming! Start small. Break your tasks down using the Getting Stuff Done Planner or Agenda and create a timed to-do list. Celebrate little milestones and keep at it, one little step at a time.
#4 Give yourself a time limit
Set a timer and see what you can accomplish in 30 minutes. Put your phone away and keep only the tabs you need open on your computer. Keep your head down and work without allowing yourself to get distracted. It’s just 30 minutes. When the timer beeps, see how far you’ve come and feel good about the progress you are making. Take a quick break and do it again.