Even the most motivated among us can get stuck in a productivity rut. You sit at your computer pretending to do work, but really you're scoping out your next vacation. Or maybe you're daydreaming about what you'll whip up for dinner. Whatever you're doing, it's not what you're meant to be doing! You need to get going on the task at hand, but you're stuck.
Sound familiar? How do you get out your productivity rut? These 8 little tricks will help catapult you out of your rut and back into productive territory fast!
1. Do something completely different.
Sometimes we need to take a little detour to get back on the right path. Don’t see this as procrastination. This shift is deliberate. You're simply redirecting your attention away from the distracting activity so you can re-focus.
2. Go for a quick walk or do a couple of flights of stairs.
Even if it's around the block or office. Getting up to stretch your legs will get your oxygen flowing and also clear your mind, allowing you to re-focus your attention in a more productive way.
3. Re-vamp your work environment.
Is your work environment boring? Messy? Cluttered? By tidying up your workspace, you'll make it more conducive to work, and less conducive to distractions. Ideally, your workspace will be tidy, uncluttered, and comfortable. (Think: nice flowers or a candle, not gaudy Christmas decorations and too many post-it notes.)
4. Dress the part.
By wearing work-appropriate clothing and looking the part, you'll feel the part and be more likely to take on your role with enhanced enthusiasm.
5. Regulate your bedtime and wake-up time.
Try to go to bed and get up at the same time every night (including weekends if you can). Doing this will help ensure that you're well-rested and ready to face the working day ahead with gusto.
6. Change chairs.
Maybe try a standing desk or an exercise ball, or maybe just move to a conference room for a little while. A simple physical change can lead to a mental shift and help you focus again.
7. Make a quick list of all the things you need to get done and when you need to get them done by.
By doing this, you'll draw attention back to the task at hand and re-affirm your direction.
8. Take a look at your diet.
Being a nutritionist, this is my personal favorite. I see so many people complaining about the fact that they have no energy and arlack motivation, and their diet is largely to blame. Are you eating processed, sugary foods lacking in nutritional value? Or are you fuelling your body and brain with healthy, nutritious whole foods? You wouldn’t expect your car to run on an empty tank, so why expect that of your body?