Have you ever had a day where you just couldn’t seem to get anywhere with your to-do list? We’ve all been there, and we all know how difficult it is to turn a day like that around. That’s why I created this simple guide to making the most out of your unproductive days!
Step 1: Limit Distractions
Crossing tasks off of your to-do list is difficult, to begin with. When you factor in the constant distractions we encounter during our day, it can feel nearly impossible. If you’re staring down a long to-do list, do yourself a favor and limit the things that steal your attention, like incoming emails, text messages, and social media alerts. Not only can this help you get more done it can also improve the quality of your work!
Step 2: De-Clutter
Did you know your workspace could be impacting your productivity? When you start to notice you’re struggling to make progress on your to-do list, put it to the side and concentrate your efforts on cleaning up your work environment. Not only can messy surroundings cause you to lose time searching for a missing note or another important object, but it can also negatively impact your mood, stress level, and ability to work productively. Get to cleaning and your productivity will be back to normal in no time.
Step 3: Try this
You’ll often notice conflicting pieces of advice for improving productivity. Some suggest focusing on small items on your list, which can offer a quick sense of accomplishment.
Others recommend choosing the most important or most difficult task to work on first. So, why not combine that advice? Get started by finding one or two tasks you deem as little – things that are easily accomplished, like sending an email. Now that you’re in the groove of things, choose your big task, and set to work on that. Even if you don’t manage to finish it completely, you’ve gotten started, plus you crossed other tasks off your list!
Step 4: Make a Prioritized List for Tomorrow
Okay, so it might not have been your most productive day ever. But one unproductive day shouldn’t predict the rest of your week. Finish out your day by reviewing your to-do list, taking note of what was and wasn’t completed, and what needs to be done tomorrow. Not only does this close out your day nicely, but it will help you set yourself up for success tomorrow! Instead of spending your morning figuring out what’s on your plate for the day, you can jump right into your work because you know exactly what tasks are on your agenda.
Unproductive days are frustrating, and it can be tempting to chalk them up as a loss and hope the next day is better. Try these easy steps instead, and you’ll be able to turn your unproductive day right around instantly!