1) Plan a vacation. It’s easier to get work done if you know at a specific point in the future, you’ll enjoying a hot drink in a cool place. Even if you’re just going away for a long weekend, it’s good to have a goal in front of you. Use it as a reward: when you finish your work, then you can play.
2) Shift your priorities. If you’re stuck in one spot, chances are good you need to change your priorities. If you’re not moving forward on one project, set it aside for a little while. Move onto something else and give your head a bit of a rest.
3) Give yourself mini-deadlines. Set smaller deadlines for yourself while you are working. It’s much easier to complete a bunch of smaller tasks than a big huge one; this way, it’s easier not to get frustrated. Plus, you’ll feel good about yourself every time you complete one of the tasks.
4) If there’s no work, find some. When you stop moving, it’s a whole lot harder to get started up again. If there’s a bit of a lull in workload find something else to keep you occupied. Offer to help someone else out, reorganize your files, or make future plans in your personal life. It will be much easier for you to get back into the swing of things once you start working again.
5) Tidy your workspace. More often than not, the inability to focus comes from a messy environment. Take half an hour to spruce the place up a little: tidy your papers, clear off your desk, and throw away anything you don’t need to get your job done.
6) Attendance doesn’t equal productivity. Just because you’re there doesn’t mean anything is getting done. Stop fooling yourself into believing that you’re getting the job done just by showing up. If you need it, take a day off to refresh your mind.
7) Do more work in the morning. Most people work best in the early hours of the morning, so try to tackle the most difficult tasks before lunch. Leaving follow-ups and emails until the afternoon, when your mind is tired and you don’t need as much thought power.
8) Get up earlier. Getting up an hour earlier every morning means seven extra hours in a week to get things done. Whether it’s planning our a healthy meal or actually sitting down to write your family member that email you’ve been meaning to, a little bit of time can go a long way. Follow these little tricks and you’ll be back on track in no time! Try to keep a clear mind and remember to take it one day at a time.