I know how life works. You plan a busy day for yourself and fill your To-do list with an infinite amount of bullet points. You get up, have your coffee, you’re ready to smash it while trembling with excitement… And then your body and mind simply say “No, not today. We’re on a different agenda”.
Believe me, I know how frustrating that feels. We’ve got expectations to meet, places to be, and things to do. We get impatient with ourselves and so we try our best to push through this sudden fatigue and brain fog. I don’t know about you, but in my case, this approach usually ends in failure.
I do get a few things done, but the quality of my work doesn’t meet my standards. By the end of the day, I’m even more tired, guilty, and stressed and all the effort is in vain because I know I’ll have to redo it some other time when my brain works properly. It simply ends up being a waste of time.
It’s incredibly important to be mindful of these little moments. I’m not suggesting you should procrastinate forever and look for excuses, but sometimes it’s better to listen to your body and let it rest. Humans are not built to be productive 24/7. You can’t outsmart simple biology.
On days like these, I like to plan my future projects or search for new, potential ideas, maybe tackle some smaller tasks, so that I don’t feel like I’ve completely wasted the entire day. Very often I’ll do something that requires less thinking and more movement. Anything that’s physical and useful, like decluttering the drawers. I’m sure you can find something that works for you.
The beautiful bit about this is that not only does it move you forward in terms of productiveness without requiring much effort, but it can also create a space for you to learn something new. Since physical activities require a relatively small amount of brainpower, you can put on that audiobook, that podcast, or that YouTube video that you’ve been desperately trying to listen to for ages.
You might not be moving forward with all the work you’ve planned for today, but you’re acquiring new knowledge and I think we can all agree that this is NOT a waste of time! Whatever you chose to do, take it easy and remember that the world won’t (probably) end today. You can always start again tomorrow.