Good day to you, my lovely readers. I hope you’ve had an amazing Christmas these past few days, I know I sure have! The food baby is real. Anyways, I don’t know if it’s just me, but on the days between Christmas and New Year’s I always feel kind of lost. I tend to forget what day it is, sleep a lot and feel super, mega lazy. But life goes on and stuff needs to get done! So today I thought I’d share some ways that you can be more productive on lazy days. Perfect for the inter-holiday week, but also applicable to any other lazy days in the year.
Make a Short To-Do List of Priorities
Let’s just face it; you’re not going to get as much done today as you had planned. The first step towards overcoming laziness is to accept and embrace it. Start by going over everything you had planned to do today, and making a list of only the most important 3 – 5 tasks. Push yourself a little and try to get at least these tasks done today. This way you’ll know for sure you haven’t wasted a day, while still cutting yourself some slack.
If you have the luxury of working from home, take advantage of it and get comfortable. Put on a onesie, fluffy PJ’s or the softest lounewear, prepare some healthy snacks and get your 3 – 5 most important tasks done on the sofa. Don’t stay in bed though, that’s only going to make things worse. Do try to get into work mode, but make it this special, relaxed, lazy work mode.
Whenever I wake up feeling lazy, or start feeling lazy throughout the day, I try to get up, put my coat on, and go for a walk around the park. Physical exercise, even when it’s as mild as taking a short walk, is the no. 1 best way to battle laziness. I know it can be really hard to force yourself out the door when you’re feeling lazy, but it’s crazy how well this works. Get your systems going, blood pumping, breathe some fresh air and get a change of scenery. When you come back you’ll notice a little drawer full of energy has been opened that you never knew was there.
Brew a Boosting Beverage
A more active body is a more active mind. After you’ve taken your walk, make yourself a beverage that stimulates the body and mind. My drink of choice is usually matcha tea, made from pure green tea powder, but you can also go for a nice cup of coffee, or one of those superfood shots that get your buzz on.
Productive Procrastination is OK
Back when I was in school, whenever there was a lot of pressure on me to study for a test or write an essay, I’d find myself absolutely compelled to clean my room. Right this instant. Every tiny thing that’s out of place would bother me so much… So I’d spend the precious time I had to study cleaning. But you know what? It’s ok. Surroundings are very important when it comes to productivity, and if you’re getting these urges, yours obviously aren’t ideal right now. Allow yourself a set time-frame to clean up and organise your space, when you get the procrastinating cleaning urge. 30 minutes should suffice to get at least your desk organised, and put some big things away. After this 30 minute break, not only will you have satisfied your cleaning urge, you’ll also find yourself feeling a lot more productive in this clean, organised environment.
Reward yourself: You Deserve It
Once you’ve crossed the last task off your lazy day to-do-list, reward yourself and let the laziness engulf you. Netflix and pizza it is, for the rest of the day! Make sure to really enjoy this moment, and know you’ll be all charged up and ready to be super productive the next day. As long as your lazy days are occasional, it’s completely fine to have and enjoy them every now and then. Feeling lazy can be a way for your body to tell you to slow down and de-stress, to prevent you from burning yourself out.
Don’t beat yourself up when you’re feeling lazy, and don’t try to battle it with all your might. Try implementing this exceptional lazy day schedule instead and just roll with it. Better luck tomorrow. Good luck!