We all have those days, the ones where you find yourself lying in bed or on the couch, overcome with guilt over your lack of productivity. It’s a vicious cycle — the guilt leads to a depressive state where you just can’t bring yourself to move or figure out how to turn your day around, then that lack of mobility contributes further to the guilt and depressive thoughts.
The sooner you realize that taking that one step towards progress is enough to get some productive momentum going, the sooner you’ll turn your day around. Here are some ideas to get you to that first step.
1. Drink a litre of water
I have this litre mason jar that I fill up with water and drink from when I’m feeling my hydration is lacking. There’s something about having a litre of water in front of you that just makes you feel like it’s time to get serious. I think it’s a mental thing, knowing that drinking an adequate amount of water is the easiest and quickest thing you can do right now that’s to your benefit.
A lot of us simply don’t drink enough water, and dehydration can zap your energy before you even realize that you are feeling thirsty. You may find getting a litre into your body will bring your energy levels up enough to change the tone of the entire day.
2. Write a list
Sometimes, laziness stems from the fact that you’ve got a million ideas in your head about what you should be doing and you just can’t land on one thing to do right now. So, rather than trying to figure it out in your head, grab a pen and paper and write down all those things. Having it all on paper will make it seem more manageable, and you may find you start picking at things immediately once it’s all laid out.
3. Meal prep
When you still can’t find that motivation to work, consider doing some meal prep in the meantime. Preparing a large pot of soup, stew, or chilli will save you time later when you do have the motivation to do something else.
A quick workout can save a day that you were ready to write off. Getting your heart rate up and boosting those endorphins can change your whole mentality. Even if you don’t move on to something productive afterwards, at least you know you’ve accomplished that much.
5. Clean your bathroom
If you’re going to have a lazy day, you might as well get one of those essential chores out of the way. You might even feel like moving onto the fridge and kitchen cabinets once you’re done in the bathroom. Sure, it may not have been on your to-do list, but these things have to be done on a regular basis. At least when you really do have a good productive flow going, you can put it towards something a bit more mentally stimulating.
What are your tips for overcoming laziness and getting productive?