Even the most industrious and dutiful of us struggle with unproductive and lazy days. There are times when getting down to work feels painful or when we do not feel inspired to progress towards our goals. Here is a list of five simple yet efficient ways to deal with unproductive days without completely misspending our already compromised energy resources. Before we begin, here is an upbeat, Jupiterian song that you may want to consider listening to:
Recognise whether it is just a momentary lack of concentration and effort or a deeper problem with inspiration and energy. If, for instance, you are writing a book and one day you have a hard time completing a single sentence, you have to ask yourself the following questions:
Am I trying hard enough?
Am I fully concentrated on the task at hand? Are there any distractions around me?
Have I fulfilled my basic physiological needs? Does my body have enough fuel to help me reach the goal?
If the answer to all these questions is negative, then perhaps you just need to try a little harder, remove external distractions, and eat a healthy snack or get some fresh air. Take a short break and try again. If the answer is positive and you are still unable to work productively, then the problem might be deeper and more sophisticated. In such case, you may want to consider taking a day off.
As soon as you decide not to work on the goal that you are temporarily unable to achieve, immediately switch your attention to something completely different. Do not engage in mindless entertainment, however. Avoid social media if possible. Be productive in other areas of your life. It can be something as simple as household chores or grocery shopping. You can also read a non-fiction book or educate yourself on a practical topic relevant to the focus of your life. The key here is to accomplish something meaningful that will prevent you from feeling like you have wasted your day.
Catch up on rest, nutrition, and rejuvenation. If you plan to work tomorrow, make sure you go to bed a little bit earlier than usual. If you have enough time, you can also exercise, visit nature, or go for a brisk stroll. Take your time to cook a delicious and healthy meal for the next day, so that you will be able to fully focus on your work. Rest and rejuvenation are typical Venusian elements of life.
Talk to a trusted friend about how you feel. If your friend is goal-oriented, perhaps he or she can not only comfort you, but also do something practical for you? In Vedic astrology, a weak planet unable to fully accomplish its duties can receive a helpful aspect or conjunction from its friend. Planetary relationships distinguish between friends (Mitra) and great friends (Adhi Mitra). Likewise, a regular friend might make you feel better when you vent to him or her, but a great friend will consider practical ways in which he or she can improve your life and get you closer to your goals. As a result, you will not feel like you have squandered your day, because you received some meaningful help from your friend!
If unproductive days are a repeatable theme in your life, there is a possibility of deeper psychological suffering. What are your stressors? Are you satisfied with your work or would you rather do something else? Do you have some issues with your family members? Are you stuck in an unhealthy relationship? Are you worried about your financial situation? When your productivity is impaired, there could be many underlying problems that you may not be fully aware of. Take your time to reflect on these issues.
I hope that you have found my tips helpful. Feel free to comment below if you have anything to add. If you are reading these words, I send you my heartfelt blessings and sincere wishes of great productivity in future.