There are no two ways about it. Some days you just don’t feel like doing shit. Some days you’d rather be slapped in the face then get off your butt and put in some work.
Maybe you are depressed or feeling flat because your neurotic ex keeps texting you. Perhaps your hypocritical micromanaging boss gave you an unjustified poor interim review. Or you just freaking woke up on the wrong side of the bed.
We all feel that way sometimes, but more often than not we need to pull ourselves together and get busy anyway. Here are some tips on how to help will yourself into productive mode:
Work That Willpower Muscle
If you want something badly enough you’ll get it done through willpower.
Mark Twain once wrote 9,500 words in a day rushing to finish a contracted project. People advise 500-1,000 a day for writers so 9,500 is insane.
You can increase your willpower by working at it. Exercise more and push yourself to get stronger physically and mentally. These are things that translate into everyday life.
If you get used to pushing yourself in the gym or outside while running you’ll be stronger, but you’ll also have those experiences to call upon when you need that extra motivation to keep pushing at work.
Admit it, you saw this one coming. While it may sound obvious, people often underestimate just how many distractions prevent them from concentrating on the task at hand. Such intrusions might come in the form of a radio blaring in the background or perhaps a co-worker who constantly drops by your desk to chat.
Minimising these sources of distraction often sounds easier than it really is. While it might be as simple as turning off the television or radio, you might find it much more challenging to deal with an interrupting co-worker, spouse, child or roommate.
One way to deal with this is to set aside a specific time and place and request to be left alone for a period of time. Another alternative is to seek out a calm location where you know you will be able to work undisturbed. The library, a private room in your house, or even a quite coffee shop might be all good spots to try.
Speaking for exercise, nothing gives you a boost of adrenaline like exercising. If you don’t feel like working then maybe you can will yourself to get a good workout.
You can feel pretty damn awesome after a workout. That’s the time to transition into some work and get things done. Take advantage of that adrenaline boost and work.
Focus On One Thing At A Time
While multitasking may seem like a great way to get a lot done quickly, it turns out that people are actually rather bad at it. Juggling multiple tasks at once can dramatically cut down on productivity and makes it much harder to hone in on the details that are truly important.
Think of your attention as a spotlight. If you shine that spotlight on one particular area, you can see things very clearly. If you were to try spread that same amount of light across a large dark room, you might instead only glimpse the outlines.
So stop multi-tasking and instead give your full attention to one thing at a time.
Live In The Moment
It’s tough to stay mentally focused when you are reminising about the past, worrying about the future, or tuned out of the present moment. You have probably heard people talk about the importance of “being present”. It’s all about putting away distractions, whether they are physical (your mobile phone) or psychological (your anxieties) and being fully mentally engaged in the current moment.
This notion of being present is also essential for recapturing your mental focus. Staying engaged in the here and now keeps your attention sharp and your mental resources honed in on the details that really matter at specific point in time.
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