Hi friends! How was everyone’s Halloween!? I’m a total anti-holiday scrooge so I spent Halloween in my pjs with a big pour of Apothic Red (kind of Halloween-y right?), eating pasta with butternut squash marinara (def recommend), and watching semi-creepy movies with Ben.
You guys. This post LITERALLY could not be more relevant to me today because I am spent. I’m tired. I’m slightly cranky. And I have absolutely no desire to do any work of any kind. I think this is what we call… hmm… UNMOTIVATED.
And this happens to me kind of a lot.
Especially when I’m in the cycle of bloggingworkingtraveling 7 days a week. I just kind of lose the drive to get anything done, you know?
I feel like if this happens to me, it happens to you guys, too.
Actually I know it does because 94% of my friends’ group text is talking about how much we cannot focus, or don’t feel like working, or can’t get anything accomplished.
BUT FEAR NOT MY FRIENDS!
Because this happens to me so often that I’ve figured out some ways to get into that work mode even when you feel like it’s completely impossible.
And don’t worry, you guys, I won’t tell you to “throw your hair in a bun, put on some gangsta rap and handle it.” These are REAL strategies that work for me every day!
Put your phone in another room or far away from your desk if you’re at work.
This is so important if you have any hope at being productive. Your phone is your absolute worst enemy when it comes to getting stuff done because it’s so easy to grab it and distract yourself with texts, Instagram, Facebook, and even the desperate Pinterest search. A few weeks ago, I vowed to only check social media in the morning, at lunch, and before bed and it seriously did wonders for my productivity.
Burn the same candle (or other type of scent) as you work.
Ok, I know this one is pretty freakin’ weird but I swear it works crazy wonders. Your sense of smell is SUCH a powerful tool when it comes to your brain. I always burn the same candle when I start on my blog (it’s this one from Anthro, and it’s probably my fave scent in the world) and now when I smell it, I immediately think about blogging and want to work on it. I know you might be skeptical, but try it when you start working tomorrow and do the same thing every day for a week and you’ll notice a difference! (And if you can’t burn candles at work, try an oil diffuser like this one!)
Ok, I get it, this might be a little difficult in cubeland, but even if you work in a cube – find a way to change your scenery even just a little. Is there a light you can turn on at your desk that looks different? Can you re-position your laptop on your desk so you’re facing a different direction? Can you rearrange your belongings even just a little? If you don’t work in an office this is way easier. Get out of the house for a little bit and work from a coffee shop. Or if you get too distracted outside of the house, try a different room. Sometimes you just need something new or different to get your mind flowing again!
I don’t know about you guys but when I’m too comfortable it’s game over. I absolutely cannot work on a couch, under a blanket, with pjs on. I will get absolutely nothing accomplished. Sit in an actual chair, put on some jeans and makeup, and even some shoes if you REALLY can’t focus. I know. Again, it’s really weird. But trust me on this.
Procrastinate with purpose.
Ok, I know I’ve talked about this before, but I think procrastination is honestly a great tool for success. Sometimes, at my very worst moments, I set a timer and just allow myself to procrastinate. Seriously. Like a solid 15-20 minutes. I set a timer on my phone, let myself look up whatever I want or browse for whatever I want for 15-20 minutes, and by the time it goes off I feel like I’ve gotten it all out of my system and I can finally focus again. This also prevents me from working for 5 minutes, taking 5 minutes off, forgetting what I was doing, and wasting even more time.
Do some sun salutations.
You guys. I SWEAR I do a quick sun salutation with my co-worker Dana any time we’re stressed or can’t focus and it is like magic for your brain. If you don’t know what a sun salutation is, it’s just a very simple series of yoga moves and we just do 2-3 and sit back down and get back to work. SO easy and effective. If this feels totally weird to you and/or you don’t have an office where it would be normal to bust out into yoga moves, try a pre-work yoga class. It will get your blood flowing and get your mind and body prepared for your day. I seriously focus SO much better if I do yoga in the morning.
Schedule out your day.
Sometimes the hardest times to concentrate are the times I’m the most stressed out. I know this is counterintuitive but I think this is due to just feeling super overwhelmed. You know – like you have SO much to do that you can’t even find a starting place. Whenever this happens, I just whip out my planner and write out a to-do list or write out exactly what needs to be done the rest of the day. Usually, it’s not as bad as I thought and it gets me in a better place mentally to tackle my list!
If all else fails, don’t be afraid of some caffeine.
I mean – you guys had to know this was coming, right? I’m TWB after all – the coffee obsession is REAL. But seriously, a little coffee, matcha, kombucha, or green tea can be a perfect little pick-me-up to get you back in the mindset to get stuff done. And then put on some gansta rap. And handle it. Lol.
So tell me… how do you get in the work zone when it’s the LAST thing you want to do? Do you have any tips or tricks? Tell me everything! I will be back soon with a fun new post. Xo.