There’s a whole list of reasons why being productive feels hard these days. With the one-year mark of the pandemic upon us, each person is going through it right now in different ways and it’s important to acknowledge this. That being said, if you’re looking for some quick tips to try on how to spark that productive vibe, you’ve come to the right place! Here are six ways you can re-energize your work day.

1. Make a list

When you’re looking at a busy work week or work day, finding a way to organize all your tasks can be anxiety-producing. It can help to just write everything down that pops into your head so you have all your tasks organized in one place. Then you can split your list into more immediate tasks and ones that are longer term. List-making is a simple way to get yourself organized and to hold yourself accountable. Plus how fun is it to cross something off?

2. Create smaller, more attainable goals

It’s so easy to let those bigger-picture, more long-term tasks fall to the last minute. While there are certainly those functional procrastinators out there, this method can be more stressful and make it more difficult to produce quality work. Try breaking down your larger goals into smaller, more manageable tasks, and then write those down in your agenda.

3. Begin your workday with your ritual

It can be tempting to rush through the morning and get started with our day as quickly as possible. Whether we are cognizant of it or not, we all have different rituals that help us feel ready for our day. That can be getting your cup of coffee, doing a mini-meditation, or just taking time to thoughtfully set up your workstation. Give yourself time to get this morning ritual done. Those couple extra minutes will certainly be worth it when you feel in control and ready to get started with your otherwise hectic day.

4. Have something to look forward to once you complete your goals

Reward yourself for this work you’re getting done! It’ll make the work process more energizing when you know you have something to look forward to. It can be fun weekend plans or even something small, like getting takeout from your favorite restaurant or watching some reality TV.

5. Check in with a friend about what you have to get done that day and what you need help with

When you have a million tasks floating around in your head, it can feel overwhelming and unattainable. Check in with a friend and/or fellow coworking member and share both of your goals for the day, what you’re struggling with, and how the other person can help. Sometimes even just talking through what you have to get done can help organize your thoughts. People in your support network are usually more willing and excited to help than you may think.

6. Remember to have moments of rest

While this whole blog is about how to be more productive, it’s also important to acknowledge that constant productivity can lead to burnout. Furthermore, when you allow yourself to rest, that can often help you be even more energized while doing work than you had previously thought possible. Rest can take many forms; it can mean getting into a regular sleep schedule at home or taking naps. It can also mean embracing the distraction and letting yourself doodle cartoons or chatting with your coworker for a few minutes. Take some time to acknowledge what you’ve accomplished, take a breath, and then keep going. You’ve got this.

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