A PROCRASTINATOR’S GUIDE TO SMASHING UNPRODUCTIVITY

17-Feb-2020 05:06 PM Digital Marketing



“I’ve never experienced a slump day in my entire career!” said no one EVER!

A slump day, by definition, is a day where you feel that you’ve just not got the motivation to do anything, but exist. 

We’ve all come across those days when it’s easier to just sit there staring at the screen, feeling worthless, rather than actually do something. (Like I’ve been doing for the past 20 minutes.)


And when that happens, one usually tries to wriggle in more work and end up doing everything half-assed.  

(Quick suggestion: If you’re feeling too worthless, maybe you should go see a therapist. We can’t help you there. #AppreciateYourself) 

Performing any task, be it putting together a presentation, creating a campaign budget or even pouring out the Maggi you made from the saucepan onto the plate, must not be without commitment. And commitment comes from a place of motivation, which is difficult to come across on some days. Or sometimes an entire month, when it’s December. 

Whoever made it legal to work in December? 

Coming back to not being productive. The approach mentioned above where you hog all the work is not recommended. We have a few things you could try when you feel you’re experiencing a slump day. 


1. Talk to yourself. 

There’s no wrong time for introspection. You’re not getting work done anyway, might as well check on yourself. 

Figure out what’s causing you to feel this way. 


It could be that you’re dehydrated or hungry. Maybe you didn’t get enough sleep last night, or maybe you slept too much? Sometimes it’s not even you, sometimes it can even be your colleague is sipping tea noisily or maybe the universe is conspiring against you. I’m kidding. The universe has better things to do. 

Once you’ve narrowed down what’s causing the slump, it becomes easier for you to weed yourself out of it. 


2. Change your scenery 

Change your work environment. I’m not saying, flood the place and make it a swamp, but take your work elsewhere. 

You could pick up your laptop, move away to sit with people you usually don’t. 

Move into a space with better or less lighting, take your work to the cafeteria, or just lean back on a bean bag.  (If your workspace does not have a bean bag, we highly recommend getting one.)


3. Take a break 

This time, you don’t take your work along when you change your scenery. Put your work away and step aside from the workstation. 

Take a walk, or go make yourself a cup of coffee. If you can’t make your own, store-bought is fine. Talk to your friends/colleagues. In this process you distract them too, making yourself feel better that they’re not working either. Evil, but effective.



4. Jump onto something else

Sometimes we spend too much on one task and we just get stuck in a spiral of ‘not-doing-the-task’. 

Let’s say you’ve been trying to come up with a pitch for a client and you just can’t seem to come up with anything. Jump to another task which is less taxing for you, so that your brain jogs up little by little.



5. Bribe yourself 

Well, we all know a thing or two about bribing, but mostly that it’s hella effective. 


Promise yourself a slice of pizza, a plate of biryani, a cake, or even 30 minutes of your favorite YouTuber, once you finish your task. Manipulate your brain into thinking you’d be giving them the break they deserve once they finish the work they have to.

Once you finish the work, it is up to your discretion if you have to give yourself what you promised. 

 

We asked around and here are a few things our colleagues do, to get out of the slump!


  • Plays Solitaire 

  • Eats Chicken 

  • Goes on Social Media for mindless scrolling

  • Paints ‘not-so-good’ pictures on Paint

  • Paints great pictures on Photoshop 

And so many more quirky ways to get rid of unproductivity.

We do hope the above suggestions help you wriggle out of your unproductive phase. And if none of them did, your brain must need more than just a few minutes to reset. Take the day for yourself. Go home. Have a healthy meal and do absolutely nothing. Sometimes doing absolutely nothing helps. 

Whatever you do, do not overload yourself, because doing so may not give you long term results. You need to set a work pace that agrees with you and does not take away from your procrastination time. Your procrastination could be the reason you work better. Who knows? 


So go out there and be the best version of your productive self. Take an ample number of breaks, not too much that you get an email from HR. Hydrate yourself, remember to breathe and always, always make sure your earphones are plugged in while watching status updates on your phone. The last one is just general advice. A lot of people still seem to struggle with it.