Productivity Tip: What to Do When You Feel Like You Haven’t Had a Productive Day

Image of "Stop" road markingEver have one of those days where you feel like you haven’t accomplished much?

Do you feel in a funk and at a loss?

Today’s post shows you how to handle a day that wasn’t as productive as you would have liked.

Stop and take a deep breath.

Sometimes you just have to take a moment for yourself. Take a deep breath, close your eyes and relax. Take as many minutes as you need to rest and regroup.

Do one simple, small task.

Choose a small routine task that can be done in five minutes or less and then do it! Don’t worry about all the other things you wanted to get to today, just choose one thing and go do it. Make that quick phone call you’ve been meaning to make, take out the trash, delete 10 email messages, pack up your gym bag for the next day or take your dog out for a short walk.

Look at the big picture.

Take a look at your original plans for the day. Were your plans a bit too much for a single day? Did you over-plan or over-schedule your day? Were there circumstances that came up during the day that were plain outside of your control? Were you not feeling well? Were you distracted? Be honest with yourself so you can find out where things might have gone astray.

Plan for tomorrow.

You can’t change the past, but you can plan for the future. What task, errand or project would you love to accomplish tomorrow? What small steps can you take now to make your future a reality? Can you break a larger task into smaller ones, delegate work or chores to someone else, or schedule a chunk of uninterrupted time for yourself to get work done?

Cut yourself some slack.

We all have good days and bad days. Cut yourself some slack and have a relaxing, guilt- and worry-free evening. Another day will soon be here!

Now to you…how do you handle days that are less than stellar in the productivity department? Leave a comment below and join in the conversation!


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Rashelle Isip is a New York City-based professional organizer and productivity consultant who helps people get organized so they can stress less, have more fun, and be happier at home. Her work has been featured in Good Housekeeping, Fast Company, Cosmopolitan, The Washington Post, Business Insider, and The Atlantic. Get access to her free guide, 10 Simple Ways to Make Your To-Do Lists More Effective, by clicking here.
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