If you’ve ever had a day when your productivity levels were so low that they brought down your hopes of getting anything done at all, you’re not alone and this post is for you! Especially if I’ve slept in or spent the morning relaxing rather than completing important tasks, I tend to feel like the entire day is lost. To combat this, I’ve recently started to employ what I call a “20-Minute Reset” during which I use a few or all of the steps below to get me rejuvenated and re-motivated just in time to tackle my afternoon to-do’s. Let’s dive right in…
1 | Tidy Up Your Space
A quick decluttering of your space can really help to declutter your mind and get you back on track. Take five to ten minutes to clean up your living and/or work spaces and set the stage for a fresh start. Tuck away any items you’re not using, tidy any minor messes, light a lovely scented candle and you’ll be back in action in no time.
2 | Get a Beverage Boost
Treat yourself to an afternoon tea or coffee for an easily-achieved energy boost! Just be sure to avoid drinking caffeinated beverages too late in the day as they may affect your ability to fall asleep. If you’re not fond of coffee or tea, infuse your water with citrus fruit and mint for an invigorating midday detox.
3 | Have a Healthy Snack
Filling your body with foods that fuel your day is beyond important. When you feel a pre-dinner dip in energy or a jet lag-like drag, grab a healthy snack to help you through the afternoon. Make sure to steer clear of packages of processed stuff and instead opt for foods that provide a clean source of energy.
4 | Take Some Me Time or Meditate
If you find yourself struggling to get things done, it may be time to take a break. Make it purposeful by setting a time limit, selecting a specific break-time activity and committing to taking action once your break is over. A quick meditation session may also boost your mood and put you in a more productive mindset.
5 | Seek Out Some Inspiration
Immersing yourself in what motivates you can really come in handy once procrastination starts to set in. Something as simple as putting on your favorite productivity-inducing playlist or taking a little time to scroll through Pinterest to envy the end result of a certain task may be just what you need to get inspired and get going.
6 | Make a Last-Ditch Effort List
When you’re overwhelmed and under-motivated, your daily to-do list or lack there of may further those feelings. Make a must-do list of only the bare necessities of what you wish to accomplish. Of course we want to do it all but if that isn’t possible, it’s best to focus on the things we absolutely need to do and get them done.
Those are my six steps for resetting your day! Feel free to share your own in the comments below. As always, thank you for reading and I hope you had an amazing and productive day!