Sometimes I feel like I just can’t do it anymore. All the tasks seem tedious to the point that I just don’t care. They accumulate and suddenly I’ve got a whole day’s worth of boring stuff to do: shop for groceries, mail a package at the post office, get up to speed with my accounting, answer 32 emails and follow-up on 14 others. On top of that I need to do my regular day’s worth of work. Sounds familiar?
It’s not an easy task to maintain your productivity high enough for it to actually matter. In other words, how can you maintain productivity in order to have more time to do the things that you’d actually like to do. Because chances are, you’re not in love with everything you do all the time. Especially with the things that you’d like to do more effectively.
What’s going to help? A simple routine of feel good activities. No, it doesn’t involve a drink. I’ve written about this before but I recently met with a silk artist who had read my blog and was interested in what I write. She wanted to give me some advice on how she feels accomplishment and energetic throughout the days. This is my take on that conversation.
There are basic human needs that need to be met in order for your psyche and body to be happy. First of all, we’re all social beings. Surround yourself with people you like and who give you energy. Go to lunch with your cool co-workers or spend some time with your family. Whatever you do, get a positive social fix every day.
Unless you’re fortunate enough to have a somewhat physically demanding job you need to take care of your body. Every bit helps but it’s even better if you sweat a little. Run around the block a couple of times or play 15 minutes of basketball at your neighborhood court. The energy level difference is remarkable but don’t just take my word for it.
Meditate, pray or do yoga every day. It’s doesn’t have to be much. I only meditate for about 2-5 minutes daily and that makes a huge difference. I feel restless if I don’t do it. Just a two-minute meditation makes a world of difference. Try it for a week and you’ll know what I mean.
Write a journal entry. Even if it is just one paragraph. Not only will it organize your thoughts but you only need to look back 6 months and you will see how much you have changed for the better.
I have been doing a variation of this for a long time – on and off. The difference is huge and it favors doing my “mundane routine”. Even if there’s nothing else tangible I accomplish that day I will feel good and I know I will be ready for the battle again tomorrow.
Paul Rauno Merisalu August 6th, 2013