We all have days where it's difficult to stay focused, especially as the mornings and evenings become darker at this time of the year. On those days where you're feeling unmotivated, it can be difficult to get anything done, either personally or professionally. Here are some tips to improve your productivity, even on the days when you'd rather stay in bed and watch Netflix.
Schedule your breaks
It can be tempting to try and power through when you have a lot to get done during the day. However, if you don't take breaks, it's likely that you'll burn out quickly. Try scheduling breaks throughout the day to make sure you're taking some time to recharge. When you know you have a break coming up, you'll be less likely to reach for your phone in the middle of an important task.
Turn off your social media
Social media is a huge distraction that gets in the way of our productivity. If you're finding it hard to stay off of social media, consider downloading an app that limits your usage. This way, you won't have the option of scrolling through Instagram or Facebook when you're bored at work.
Set small goals
Breaking down large tasks into small ones can make them much easier to finish. They won't seem so daunting, and you'll get the satisfaction of checking something off of your to-do list much more often throughout the day. When you focus on one small task at a time, it can help the day fly by, and you'll get more done in the long run.
Remember why you're doing it
When you have a day where you're feeling unmotivated, it's important to remind yourself of your long-term goals. Think about what you want to achieve in the future and what inspires you. Remember that all of the small steps you are taking are working towards these larger goals. Sometimes you need to remember the bigger picture in order to stay productive. Journaling is an excellent way to set goals and improve your motivation. Keeping a gratitude journal can help you stay on track.