How to be productive even when you’re totally unmotivated

How to be productive even when you’re totally unmotivated

Staying productive and keeping myself motivated is probably the most challenging aspect of being a full time blogger. Whether I have to shoot a campaign or simply trying to write a blog post like this one, the reality is that I sometimes struggle to get the work done. Suddenly, washing the dishes seems more important and my hunger kicks in right when I’ve got loads to do.

After freelancing for a couple of years, I’ve learned a few tips for staying productive even when I feel completely unmotivated (I’ve been there too, ladies) so I thought I’d share them with you.

  • Write ‘To Do’ lists. I usually draft a short to do list the night before (or a couple of days before if I have many press events and showroom appointments). When I have a list with tasks in front of me I can visualize my day and prioritize accordingly. Not to mention the sense of satisfaction and accomplishment at the end of the day when you ticked everything off your list.
  • Declutter your workspace. Although you might occasionally hate your job, your workspace doesn’t have to be cold and without personality. Bring some beauty into your desk life and you’ll have more reasons to love what you do. Cute stationary and fresh flowers will do the trick nicely.
  • Unplug from social media. Although I’m still trying to get better at this, I try to set aside time blocks to check and answer emails or catch up with my social media networks. Once you turn the notifications off it will be easier to focus on what you have to do.
  • Take breaks and don’t try to multitask. Focus on doing one thing at a time and don’t forget to take a break, even just for a few minutes. Stand up, stretch your body and refill your coffee cup, then get back into it.
  • Make sleep a top priority. This one is so important, and often neglected. Not getting enough or quality sleep is a guaranteed saboteur of productivity. Don’t forget that your choice of mattress can also affect the quality of your sleep. I’ve recently ditched my old mattress to Leesa, and oh my, what a difference that made. I was reluctant at the beginning – the mattress was delivered in a rather tiny box and the biggest ‘wow’ factor for me was looking at the size of the mattress once it had fully expanded. Leesa was designed to deliver better sleep, with all the benefits of a memory foam mattress, but without the disadvantages of ‘sleeping hot’ or the ‘sinking feeling’. My husband and I have been sleeping on this for a month now and both agree it’s probably the best sleep we’ve had. Can’t recommend it enough!

What are your top tips for having highly productive days? Let me know if your comments below.

‘Grab a cuppa’ mug by Old English Company, Mattress by Leesa (get £50 off when ordering your mattress now), ‘She believed she could so she did’ print by Old English Company 

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This article was written in collaboration with Leesa. All views are my own.

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  • Suta Lavinia

    My tip is to have a healthy, nutritious breakfast, because it influences a lot how I get things done during the rest of the day.

    • Absolutely agree with you Lavinia. A breakfast changes your whole day x

  • Grace

    I love this post sweetie – your photography is absolutely flawless as always, but I also love the tips too. A decluttering of my workspace definitely always helps me!

    Grace xo
    http://www.dorothyandolive.com

    • Thank you so, so much Grace. I’m glad you found this article helpful x

  • D’Anna Isa

    Draga mea ma regasesc foarte mult in acest articol,este preferatul meu de aceea am luat si unele notite 🙂 deoarece si eu am avut foarte multe sarcini de indeplinit si parca de fiecare data ma loveam de timp ca era prea scurt si mult de lucru. Multe foi, facturi de organizat si parca nu se mai sfarseau cu toate ca imi faceam o lista organizata cu ce am de facut pentru ca vroiam sa iasa totul perfect si fara greseli deoarece multi aveau asteptari mari din partea mea si nu puteam da gres. Stiu ce inseamna sa ai multe de facut si timp limitat dar intr-un final am reusit tot ce mi-am propus fiind motivata de caracterul meu si ambitie. Luam pauze mici pentru o mica relaxare si o cana cu ceai de valeriana si lucrul incet incet era gata. Multumesc pentru acest articol foarte util si pozele frumoase. Ustiuc DENISIA #FacebookFriends te urmaresc cu drag si pe Snapchat cu numele danna_issa. Mult succes in continuare Andreea! Te pup. <3 <3

    • Andreea

      Cu mare drag! Ma bucur enorm cand primesc astfel de mesaje x #43 #44

    • Ma bucur si mult succes in continuare. Te pup x #51 #52

      • Felicitari! Tocmai ai castigat un set de produse de makeup de la NYX x

        • D’Anna Isa

          Multumesc din suflet Andreea, nu-mi vine sa cred.<3 <3 Te pup draga mea!