How to Be Productive When You’re Feeling Unmotivated
Use these three expert-approved methods to be productive
We’ve all been there: staring at our computer screen or growing to-do list, unable to find the energy to start working. Experiencing a lack of motivation can feel debilitating, but it doesn’t have to be a barrier to your progress. Use these three expert-approved methods to be productive, even when it’s the last thing you want to do.
Take a quick break
Sometimes, the only thing you need to reignite your enthusiasm for a project or surpass a mental block is to remove yourself from the situation with a quick break.
“Step away from the task and do something different, and preferably enjoyable,” Robert Brill, Ph.D., an associate professor of psychology at Moravian College, tells Thrive. The time away will help refresh your brain, and could even boost your creativity. Try taking a mindful walk, chatting with a coworker, or grabbing coffee at a nearby cafe. Just make sure your break isn’t too long — Brill says that 10 minutes is optimal for recharging your motivation.
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