Productivity Slump: What You Can Do About It

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I always try my best to make every day productive – whether it’s doing my work, writing a blog, or doing household chores. However, there are just days when I have zero inspiration and I fall on a productivity slump, and it can happen to anyone. Even the most productive and efficient people can have some off days once in a while, where their performance declines.

Productivity slumps can last a few hours, a week, or maybe a couple of months. Sometimes, it can feel like it will last forever – but not to worry because it won’t. Below are some things that you can do when you’re stuck in a productivity slump:

1. Give yourself permission to take a break

Acknowledge that you are in a slump and don’t beat yourself up. It’s ok to take a break once in a while, so cut yourself some slack. Being productive is great, but having self-compassion is more important.

2. Get some sunshine

For some reason, I feel like I’m solar powered 🌞 Getting some sunshine always boosts my mood and energy. Taking a quick walk or even staying by a big window for a few minutes can help. If this is a challenge –  having shorter days in winter, for example – physical movement can still help boost energy.

3. Clean your space

“When we clear the physical clutter from our lives, we literally make way for inspiration and ‘good, orderly direction’ to enter.” – Julia Cameron

A clean space gets rid of other visual distractions. It helps decrease stress and increase focus. There are also some people who find the act of tidying up therapeutic and relaxing as well, so that’s a plus!

4. Just do the smallest task possible

Doing one small task can give you a tiny sense of accomplishment. Build momentum and motivation from there. Based on personal experience, I believe that motivation comes from action, not the other way around.

Good luck! 👍

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