29 Nov 5 Ways to Transform a Non-Productive Day

We all have them – the days when we have trouble getting out of bed and are set off by small things. Or – the days when our minds are wandering and nothing will settle us into the groove of work. Either way, you are headed towards an unproductive day.

Follow these steps to transform it:

1.    Accept It

Today is not the day you will move mountains; but you just might climb a hill. So accept that this is not the day you are winning awards for your work ethic and go for the solid B.

2.    Make a List

Write down all of the things you would do if you were on your A Game. You will likely find that the act of writing them down motivates you to tackle some of them. If not, at least you now have a good list to hit the ground running tomorrow.

3.    Go For the Creative Projects

Need to design the holiday card? Do it today. Buy the teacher gifts? Put that wandering mind to work by browsing and shopping online.

4.    Use the Phone

We tend to gravitate to email responses first and leave the phone calls for last. Since you are feeling unproductive anyway, this is a better day than most to return the calls you have been avoiding.

5.    Set Appointments

Those future business lunches, your kids’ doctors appointments. These are quick little to-dos that have been weighing on you. They don’t require concentration so do them today.

You have now turned the day around. Instead of spending it as a Facebook voyeur and kicking yourself for your lack of productivity, you have accomplished a lot. Now write down all that you did and you will end the day on a high note.

Samantha Ettus coaches working moms through her nationally syndicated weekly radio show, best selling books, regular keynotes and television appearances. Connect with her here.

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Samantha Ettus is a bestselling author & corporate speaker. The Pie Life: A Guilt-Free Recipe for Success and Satisfaction will be released in September.