Let’s face it, there are times in which we just can’t muster enough will to get up and do whatever needs to be done, be it anxiety, boredom or just another Monday, there are a myriad of reasons why we get unproductive at work, and while we can’t evade getting slumps from time to time, we can choose how to get up and start being productive.
Before starting on getting out of a slump it is important to identify why we are not “in the mood” of doing things. Knowing the root of our problems and then working on fixing them will do wonders to our mental health and our work efficiency.
- Deviate from your routine. It doesn’t need to be something drastic, but if you start your days getting out of your usual routine you will start to appreciate new and different things that will give you enough reasons to get moving, small stuff like trying a new route to work, ordering food that you’ve never tried and even making small conversations in public can make a big difference.
- Try new things. Sometimes drastic changes can be good too, trying new things will open your life to new experiences and new motivations. If you live in a city there are so many activities you could do, like joining a club, volunteering for a charity, taking courses and even picking up a new hobby.
Having a change of scene in your life will spice it up and it can give you the opportunity to meet new people, having new friends to go out on dates can give you something to look for in your days and interacting with other people boosts our mental health and interacting with friends decreases the risks of dementia and fights off the feelings of depression.
- Start walking. Going out for a walk regularly is one of the best activities you can do to improve both your physical and your mental health. Walking makes your body release endorphins which can put you in a good mood, it also improves your self-esteem and your sleep quality. If you have enough time to go out for a walk in a local park or any place with a good view then go for it! But if you don’t, you could try taking the stairs instead of taking the elevator, or just leaving the bus two blocks before your stop.
- Don’t be too hard on yourself. When something isn’t going like you’d want it, take the time to point out whatever you think you’re doing right and then point out the things you are not, constructive criticism does wonders to our lives.
Also having a positive outlook on the things we are doing can give us enough incentive to keep trying. Instead of thinking things like “I can’t do it” or “I will screw it up”, try thinking “I will do it, I know I can”, motivate yourself!