Some days you’re just not feeling it.
Some days it’ll take 4 x times as long to complete a task.
Some days you’ll wonder how you manage to even pay the bills with your current productivity rate.
Some days you’ll watch far too many cat GIFs.
It is an unwritten law of self-employment.
And when you find yourself there, you may wonder how last week you were able to smash through your to-do list in 3 hours flat yet today you can’t seem to get past the first task on your list.
I’ll admit there are days in the past four years where all I’ve managed to achieve is checking emails, watching a webinar I’m never going to implement and putting the dishwasher on.
I can’t give you some magic formula to suddenly bring back the productivity you so desperately crave right now. But, there are some activities that will help you get some sense of achievement and give you a fighting chance of improving your productivity rate tomorrow.
1. Get out!
Get a change of scenery as soon as possible. Stop fighting your lack of productivity and take a walk. Take your laptop to a coffee shop or find a co-working space nearby where you can set up shop and do the absolute essentials on your to-do list. Sitting in the same spot all day won’t help, trust me!
And if you’re a home-worker and aren’t productive for more than a few days in a row, it might be time to find business premises or office space.
2. Sort your receipts
Get on top of your expenses and sort your receipts. Your future self and your accountant will thank you for it. I put on some music or a film and spread it all out on the floor before sorting and filing.
3. Research new blog post ideas
Don’t try and write a new post, but spend some time researching blog post topics. I check keywords in the Google Keyword Planner, look for inspiration on Pinterest and review any recent FAQs I could answer in a post.
Blogging is a great way to free publicity for your business.
4. Get those files off your desktop
You know the ones. The screenshots from 3 months ago. The folders named “desktop” and “desktop 2” (or if you’re feeling passive-aggressive… “CLEAN ME UP!”). Get your files sorted into proper folders, clear the junk and empty your trash or recycling bin. It’s like a digital desk clean and can work wonders for productivity.