During the life of an entrepreneur or business owner, it’s easy to get overwhelmed and feel like you’re falling behind. If you find yourself overwhelmed and unmotivated to get anything done, you might be in a productivity slump. Productivity slumps happen to all of us. Even when we do our best to try to prevent them.
Sometimes our to-do lists become so long that our minds and bodies choose to shut down instead of trying to work through them. While these moments are known to happen, that doesn’t mean that there aren’t steps you can take to try and get yourself out of a productivity slump. A lot of times, it simply takes a shift in your mindset, thinking of ways to make tasks more manageable instead of trying to get everything done all at once, to get back to being productive. Here are some ways to get out of a productivity slump.
1. Start Small
One of the biggest mistakes people make when trying to be productive is to think they can complete multiple days of tasks all at once. Having an “all-or-nothing” mindset is really not healthy in any situation, and removing it from your vocabulary can greatly help you get out of a productivity slump at work and also help you in other aspects of life.
Look at one of your tasks that needs to be completed. Find one step that you can complete in the next five minutes. Often, before you even realize it, you will be multiple steps into the project simply because you got started with the first one.
When you get at least one task completed each day, it can give you a mental boost to make the next day more productive.
2. Fight Procrastination
Most humans have a tendency to procrastinate. Entrepreneurial procrastination is no different. We often underestimate how much time it will take to complete a task, wait until the very last minute available to complete it, and then wonder why we have such high stress and anxiety levels.
Though procrastination is a part of our culture, we need to find ways to fight it in order to get out of a productivity slump. One way to fight procrastination is to look at a hard task and try to pick out one step that is the most manageable to complete right now.
Take the time to sit down and create and audit a time budget for your typical day. Seeing it written down and staring back at you can be a great way to get yourself in gear and become more productive. There are 24 hours in every day. How we use those hours is our own decision.
3. Make Goals Clear
There is nothing worse than murky goals or unclear expectations when it comes to being in a productivity slump. If you don’t know what you’re working for or toward, then what is going to motivate you to go after it?
Write your goals down. Make them challenging yet attainable. (You can’t become a millionaire or build a successful business overnight!) Remember, it’s important to have goals that are non-negotiable, but give yourself flexibility in how you get there.
Many people think of goals as monthly, quarterly, yearly, or even further out than that. The truth is, you can set clear goals to meet each and every day. By doing this, you can build up your own confidence and momentum to then work on those long-term goals.
4. Find Your Productivity Zone
There are no two humans that work in the exact same way. We all have tendencies and quirks that make us who we are. This also goes for how we work and when we are the most productive. Instead of trying to make yourself into someone else simply because you have observed that they tend to be productive, work on finding what your personal productivity zone is.
Are you more alert in the mornings? Does checking off six chores before you even leave the house for work get you motivated and ready for the day?
Are you more of an early-afternoon go-getter, and the thought of doing a single thing before noon makes you want to hide back under the covers? Does three o’clock in the afternoon feel like the golden hour when you can get all your most important tasks completed? Are you productive night owl that likes to get things done in the late night hours?
Neither of these situations are good or bad; they are simply different. Find what times of the day you are most productive, and use that to your advantage. Schedule your most important tasks during that time frame. Use that momentum to build on your goals and tasks.
5. Remove Distractions
In a world where everything is literally right at your fingertips, it’s important to remove distractions that cause you to be in a productivity slump. Have you ever opened Facebook or TikTok and the next thing you know, you look at a clock, and three hours have passed by, and you have nothing to show for it?
Set a timer, and make a goal to have so many tasks completed in that time before you can pick up your phone. Keep your phone face down on your desk or even put it away in a drawer. Removing distractions will help you stay on task and jump start your productivity.
6. Get Some Help
If you are feeling a productivity slump, you should know you’re not the only one. Entrepreneurs, business owners, and managers often struggle with staying productive all year. That is why you may want to reach out to others and use technology in order to get back to your productive self.
Start a productivity challenge with co-workers or colleagues. You can also do something as simple as starting a group chat to help keep everyone motivated and on task. This will help with accountability and will help you focus on the most important tasks.
We all know that productive for entrepreneurs and business owners is a crucial factor in achieving success. Productivity slumps are a natural part of life and can come at different times for everyone. Thankfully, there are many simple steps you can take to set yourself up for success.
Take small steps, fight procrastination and have clear goals. Additionally, be sure find your productivity zone, remove distractions and get other people involved in your return to productivity. By being proactive and implementing these strategies, business owners and entrepreneurs can regain their lost productivity.
Remember that productivity is not just about getting things done, but about getting the right things done efficiently and effectively.We tend to make things much more complicated than they have to be, leading to feelings of anxiety and overwhelm when really the key to being productive is to simply take the first step.