How often do you feel unproductive – like the last 24 hours have passed by and you haven’t done much?
Feeling unproductive can usually come up for two reasons. Either people around you are making you think that you should be doing something different. Or rather, in a typical procrastinating situation, you want to do something but can’t and you don’t know why.
The essence of this is you left feeling disempowered.
There are five steps that I like to narrow this down to that can make you conquer this feeling. These steps come down to refocusing your thoughts and feelings and taking action.
1. Refocus emotions
When you’re unproductive, usually you’re feeling frustrated and probably angry, for not only failing to do a task but also because of your disempowerment.
These emotions are important to notice as they are telling you that something is wrong. But, acknowledge them for letting you know that change is needed and turn them around on yourself.
2. Refocus goals
If you want to feel productive but don’t know what to focus on, then you’re going to end up in a cycle of disempowerment and disappointment in yourself.
So, instead of this, what do you want to do and when? Focus on the steps to achieve these goals instead of how unfair the world is for not getting anything done for you.
A small tip is to consider what you want to look back on and feel proud to have achieved it. This could be anything from getting fit, writing down a business idea or saving a bit of money.
3. Friends and family
It’s good to create boundaries when it comes to friends and family. This doesn’t mean that you would be pushing anyone way, but it’s important to give yourself alone time. This will encourage you to use that time wisely and for the things that you would usually forget about or get distracted from.
4. Excuses, excuses, excuses
We’ve all been there. You have refocused your time and emotions, so now is the time to take action. Therefore, start prioritising that goal for yourself rather than that short-term reward you get from procrastinating.
Once you start, go into it step-by-step by planning a path that will lead to success.
Essentially, you will be creating a new identity to feel empowered to make stuff happen. I would hate for you to feel like you didn’t use this time in the best way possible.
And this won’t just help you during the lockdown but can help you to stay motivated and driven even when the lockdown is over.