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Having one of those “off days” where you just can’t seem to get anything done?
It happens to everyone, but sometimes, stuff still needs to get done.
That’s when you need to figure something out to get your creative juices flowing again.
Sometimes, the underlying problem is stagnation.
When you focus on something for too long, you can eventually find yourself suffering from cognitive fatigue.
Suddenly, you can’t quite think straight.
Changing things up might be exactly what you need to reinvigorate yourself.
In a recent blog post from Hubspot, the author suggests working on something that’s not on your to-do list.
Finding something new to do can “give your brain a rest,” so to speak, and break you out of your stagnation.
Work on something completely unrelated to your to-do list.
When I was visiting my parents for Thanksgiving — which happened to overlap with the writing of this blog post — my mom asked me if I could help her troubleshoot an issue on her laptop.
It was the last thing I wanted, or thought I had time to do.
It was a short week. I was taking a day off.
I had a long list of things to do, and I was already taking longer to get through it than I had hoped.
But it was my mom, after all, so of course, I helped.
By the time we were done figuring out the problem, for some reason, I felt reinvigorated.
I had a new motivation to finish my tasks, and finish them quickly.
Sure, I had taken a “break,” in some sense — but I had also redirected my brain to another task.
My mind was still being put to use, but for something completely unrelated to my to-do list.
If you’re feeling stuck, use your brain for something else.
Maybe there’s a colleague who you’ve been meaning to get back to on an unrelated project, or maybe you just need to do a quick online puzzle.
Keeping your mind active while giving it a break from the dredge of your to-do list might leave you feeling re-energized and ready to hit the ground running, wherever you left off.
You can find more strategies for boosting your productivity in the full blog post from Hubspot.