What to do when you don't want to do ANYTHING

We all have those days when we don’t want to do anything. I mean, you don’t even want to get out of bed. Working from home I face the same problem. Some days, either because I've worked out too much the day before and I'm physically exhausted, or I’m mulling over some emotional problem in my head, I just don’t feel like doing anything. Everyone has these days. Especially now, since all the festivities are over and it's cold out and you feel lethargic. Amiright? 

But there are emails to be answered, phone calls to be made, work to be done. And you’ll feel lousy if you don’t do them. So here are a few things I do to get moving and motivated:

1. Do something you like, first
When you don’t feel like doing anything, start a task that you like doing. That could be anything from finishing up a fun work project or doing something that’s a hobby. This will put you in a better mood and a more positive frame of mind. And since a task is a task, finishing it will make you feel productive, and spur you on to do the next thing.

2. Create a nice atmosphere
Light a candle, use your favourite pen or stationery, play some music. Anything that puts you in a better mood and makes you want to sit at your desk and work.

3. Get something to eat or drink that you like
Now I’m not saying wolf down a bag of chips, I’m saying get a cup of coffee, or your favorite tea in your favorite mug. Or a few pieces of chocolate. The food/ drink will give you energy and make you feel like working.

4. Start slow
When you really don’t feel like working, start slow. For example, if I have to write an article, I’ll start it, but not rush to finish it. I give myself the freedom to work on the task at hand in my own time and at my own pace. Obviously, if you have a boss bearing down on your neck to finish something urgently, this may not be possible, but maybe you can explain to him/ her that you need a little more time to finish the task so as to be able to show good quality work.

5.  Get away from facebook
Facebook and Instagram can be so tempting when you don’t feel like doing anything. Give yourself 5 or 10 minutes to check your social media and then close the windows and put your phone notifications on silent so you’re not tempted to be distracted.

6. Take the day off
And when you really, really, REALLY don’t feel like doing anything, take a personal day. Promise yourself that you’ll work twice as hard the next day.

7.  Don’t push yourself
The worst thing you can do when you’re feeling demotivated is to push yourself too much. You’ll only end up doing bad work and get into a worse mood than you’re in. Be gentle and loving with yourself, and know that everyone has days like these.

Shabana Feroze

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