By Alina Fridman
It’s Monday morning, and you’re already not in the mood to work. You hit snooze on your alarm 5 times, you have no motivation to get out of bed, and you’re mentally dragging yourself to your desk. Sound familiar? We’ve all been there. But just because you’re not feeling productive doesn’t mean you can’t be productive. Here are 10 hacks that will help you get work done—even when you’re not in the mood.
1. Start with the easiest task on your to-do list.
Getting started on a task can be tough when you don't feel motivated. But starting with the easiest task on your list can help you get momentum and start making progress. Once you've started, you may find that you're more motivated to continue working.
2. Set a timer for one hour and work on one task.
It can be overwhelming when you have many tasks to do. Break your day down into manageable chunks by setting a timer for one hour and working on one task. Once the timer goes off, take a five-minute break and then start working on the next task.
3. Get off social media and other distractions.
Social media can be a huge time sink. If you find yourself getting distracted by Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram, log out of your account and work offline. If you need to be online for your work, use a tool like Freedom to block distracting websites.
4. Take breaks every 20 minutes.
It’s important to take breaks throughout the day to avoid burnout. Get up and walk around for a few minutes every 20 minutes or so. Take a longer break for lunch and step away from your desk.
5. Drink lots of water and eat healthy snacks throughout the day.
Staying hydrated and eating healthy snacks will help you stay focused and energized throughout the day. Avoid sugary drinks and snacks that will give you a quick energy boost followed by an energy crash.
6. Get organized and create a system that works for you.
If your desk is cluttered and your to-do list is a mess, it can be difficult to focus on your work. Spend some time getting organized and creating a system that works for you. Once you have a system in place, it will be easier to stay on track and be productive.
7. Put on some background noise or music to help you focus.
Some people find that background noise or music helps them focus on their work. If you need silence to concentrate, try wearing headphones.
8. Set a goal for the day and reward yourself when you reach it.
Setting a goal for the day and rewarding yourself when you reach it can be motivating. For example, if your goal is to finish a project, you could reward yourself with a break or a snack.
9. Connect with a friend or colleague who is also trying to be productive.
It can be helpful to connect with someone who is also trying to be productive. Checking in with each other and sharing your goals can help you stay on track. You can support each other and hold each other accountable.
10. Take some time to plan your day before you start working.
Spending a few minutes planning your day can help you figure out what tasks need to be done and when. Having a plan will help you stay focused and use your time wisely.
Hopefully, these productivity hacks will help you get out of your Monday morning funk and into a more productive mindset! Just remember that it’s okay to not be productive every single day—we all have off days when we don’t feel like working. And on those days, it’s important to give yourself a break and do something that makes you happy!