There are hundreds and hundreds of different blog posts about how to be productive or how to use your time efficiently. However, on the weekends when you’ve had a busy week and all you want to do is snuggle up in bed. It’s hard to get out of bed and start on the long list of things you need to do.
1) Put the comfiest, warmest clothes you have on.
Now, I have an electric blanket and it’s 98% of the reason why I struggle to get out of bed. I don’t know if that’s just me, but my house tends to be rather cold, especially in my room so I have to force myself to get up. As soon as I do, I like to put the fluffiest clothes on.
2) Do not work in your bed.
It gets so dark so early now and I guarantee if you stay in bed all day, working on your laptop, the moment the sun goes down your productivity rate will decrease drastically. Get up out of bed, grab some coffee (or tea), light a candle, sit at your desk, or somewhere other than a bed and crack on.
3) Go have a bath or shower.
Science proves that we feel more productive when we’re clean. I totally didn’t believe this until a few weekends ago. I wasn’t feeling too well and honestly, I hadn’t done much all week, other than sleep and eat. I had previously read this statement and thought, because I had so much to do, it was time to test it out. I dragged myself out of bed and hopped in the bath. Now I usually hate baths and I wouldn’t be exaggerating if I said I had a maximum of 3 baths a year. But it was freezing and I felt like one so that’s what I did. Honestly, it worked. I got out, I put some comfy clothes on and I was ready to do life, I was quite amazed myself.
4) Take care of yourself
Now usually when you just want to stay in bed it’s usually because you’re A) really cold or B) not feeling too great. So make yourself warm and toasty and take care of yourself. The first thing I will do is have a nice hot shower, shave my legs, exfoliate and all that good stuff, maybe even put a hair mask on. Then I like to put a face mask on, watch some YouTube, light a candle that smells like marshmallows and maybe paint my nails. Then I’ll usually try and write something or finish off an application, or something that’s been bothering me for a while. That’s exactly what I’ve done now, I’ve even lit my favourite candle.
5) Sort out your priorities
Sometimes part of the reason you’re struggling with your productivity is because you don’t know what you need to do. It’s good to have a list constantly running with what you need to get done. Personally, I love lists. Whether it’s to decide what to get people for Christmas, or if it’s my ‘I really need to get this done today’ list. I use Todoist, I like that you can have separate lists for different areas of life. So instead of having lots of scattered to do lists, all of my lists are in one place. It’s also super handy that you can access your lists on your phone and computer.
There are my five tips for being productive when you really don’t feel like it. Especially in the middle of winter, and around the holiday time (It’s all gone now, *sobs*) I really struggle with productivity. I get home, it’s dark out and all I really want to do is sleep. These tips are some of the very few that have actually helped me. I hope they help you too!