You might be familiar with the Stephen King quote…
“Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work.”
When hearing this I have to remind myself that it’s easier said than done. A lot of times, depending on our personalities, we might need that feeling of inspiration or intrinsic motivation to get the ball rolling on our latest project, initiative or goal.
It can be difficult to deliver our best work, each and every day but let's go over a few tips that will help when it comes to being productive, even when you don't feel inspired to do so.
Take A Break
Sounds redundant, doesn't it? It’s really not though.
Raise your hand if you’ve ever been sitting in front of your computer for hours, trying to get something done but found yourself being distracted by Facebook, Instagram, unnecessary videos on Twitter and all of the other distractions out there.
You get into this cycle of wanting to do work, not getting it done and then beating yourself up for not doing what you said you wanted to.
The next time you find that cycle happening, I want you to try something.
Actually step away from your work, take a break and don’t feel bad about it.
I promise you, that whether you choose to take a 15 minute break or 2 hour break to get up, move around, get outside or do something you love, you’ll be able to come back to work with a fresh sense of energy and willingness to get started again.
Produce According To Your Energy Levels
This is key. It’s something that I’m still working on mastering but when you know your body and your energy levels throughout the day, it will help you be that much more productive.
Odds are, you do your best thinking/big work in the morning when you have less distractions and a higher drive, so don’t spend those hours replying to emails that can wait until the afternoon.
I recommend sitting down and putting together an ideal calendar that breaks down your day-to-day with tasks and activities based on how you feel. Tackle proactive tasks like business development, writing articles and bigger projects in the morning and then you won’t have to work hard or feel bad by the afternoon when you feel less productive. Then in those hours, you can reply to email or do smaller thing that take less brain power.
Last but not least, when you really don't feel like doing anything at all... start with something small. During those times when you really need to get work done but just aren’t feeling inspired or motivated to do so, try to take on easy tasks or tasks that are enjoyable.
If you start with small tasks that don’t take up much time or need much attention, then you’ll be able to get the ball rolling and get little things done that you might normally put to the side when you’re in your peak moments.
Whether it’s batch uploading to Hootsuite or planning out tasks for the upcoming week or editing the fun vide you've been putting off for months, be okay with the fact that something is better than nothing.
Getting things done is a must but hopefully these tips helped you hone in a bit more on how to make the most of your days, even when you don’t feel like it.