How To Recover From An Unproductive Day

Do Something Small If you’re not up to dealing with the big tasks, do something small; strike those two minute tasks off your to-do lis...

How To Recover From An Unproductive Day

Do Something Small
If you’re not up to dealing with the big tasks, do something small; strike those two minute tasks off your to-do list and get something done today. Clear your schedule by doing the smaller, less time consuming tasks, which will save you time during the rest of the week.


Do Some Thinking
Maybe the problem isn’t you but your routine; think about your most productive hours and how you can use them to your advantage. If you’re forcing yourself to get up early when really you’re better working late at night, switch your routine around and make it work for you.


Do Some Planning
We’re often unproductive because we don't know what we're supposed to be doing. Sit down with your planner and work out how you can cover lost ground. Organise your work schedule to plan out the next few days; if you know exactly what you’re supposed to be doing and when, you’ll avoid any more unproductive moments.


Do Not Worry About It
We all have unproductive days occasionally and if it’s not a habit, don’t sweat it - strike the day off and forget about it. Come back to your work tomorrow with refreshed enthusiasm; once in a while we just need a bit of time to slack off and that’s OK.

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  1. Great post, Sophie. I think we can all out so much pressure on ourselves in trying to make sure every day is as productive as possible. But those unproductive days are just part of life. These are great tips :)

    Holly | http://abranchofholly.blogspot.co.uk

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  2. Love these short, to the point posts - It really pairs things down to the basics and makes tackling problems like unproductive days manageable and understandable. Agree with all the points here. Esp. the last one - sometimes we just need unproductive days to avoid burn outs and sometimes it's the mind's way of telling us we need a bit of a break.

    Rae | love from berlin

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  3. I do start getting worried and anxious if I spend a day withoutdoing anything productive. It is especially hard if you are working for yourself. Because then every moment can be a moment for work. I guess it is the downfall of being your own boss. But I do agree that planning is very helpful. Once you divide everything into small pieces, everything is easier to get through.

    Girl Against Oleka

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  4. This is a timely post! It's really simple and effective. Thanks!

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  5. Very inspiring and motivating Sophie! Thanks for sharing x

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  6. Vanisha3/19/2015

    Nice tips! I used to feel a little guilty if there was a day where i
    wasn't very productive but you're completely right, sometimes we do need
    to have a bit of a break.

    http://www.pure-ly.com/

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  7. Starting from something small helps me to move to bigger stuff. I would love to be productive everyday at the same high level but it is just not possible.

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  8. Ugh this post was so needed ! Thank you so much

    Xoxo

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  9. disqus_SvkXAbTdBv3/19/2015

    Ughh! I had the most unproductive day yesterday where I literally sat on my phone for 4 hours. I think I have a problem. Today I should probably follow some of these tips and get on track...

    -M
    The Life of Little
    Me

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  10. Maireem Maneje3/19/2015

    Love this post and these are all true :) worrying only makes everything worst since we are compromised.


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  11. love this <3

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  12. Last week I felt like the majority of my week was unproductive. Its the worst feeling. Love your tips. Thankfully this week is looking brighter.
    ~megan
    www.booksteaandnyc.com

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  13. Oh, so true and useful
    =)

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  14. Love this, great advice <3

    Sophie | http://dreamsandcolourschemes.blogspot.co.uk

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  15. Thank you for reading

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  16. Glad you found it useful

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  17. Sometimes we have unproductive days, dwelling on them just makes it worse.

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  18. Absolutely, I totally agree. I've learned not to dwell on unproductive days and just remember I can fix it later.

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  19. I do the same; I wasted an entire day chasing new suppliers and even though I was really doing work, I felt like it was unproductive because at the end I only had a couple of new suppliers..

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  20. Thank you for reading - I'm glad it helped.

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  21. You can't force it sometimes :))

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  22. Thank you for reading

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  23. Awesome - so glad it was helpful.

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  24. I definitely find planning helps and I am least productive when I haven't written a clear task list for the day.

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  25. Absolutely - I think, when we have an unproductive day, it's usually because either we haven't prepared properly and given ourselves a clear set of tasks to achieve, or we simply need to chill out and take a break.

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  26. Definitely - I know I do. It's important to know that it's OK to have an "off day" where we're not as productive as other days. We can't always maintain super productivity!

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  27. jess mcguire3/22/2015

    This is lovely advice, I really like the thinking idea about ways to improve your routine www.jessmcguireblogs.blogspot.co.uk

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  28. Doing something small is what I need to remember.

    Lizzie Dripping

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  29. LilyLipstick3/23/2015

    So helpful - I often find I can get a few smaller tasks done when I am not feeling up to dealing with bigger ones! x

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