What does a productive day look like?
Someone might say sleeping throughout the day or another says being able to complete that university assignment.
You must have started to see where I’m moving towards but if you haven’t it is fine. What I am trying to say is that saying a day is productive is very subjective.
It all depends on you.
I live with a chronic illness and I can tell you that sometimes staying at home, taking rest, drinking plenty of water and finally eating at the right time can be productive.
Living with a chronic illness comes with plenty of challenges but one that is very common is chronic fatigue, you spend majority of the day on bed.
Sometimes for me, I don’t have that mental strength to get things done. So I lay there on the bed staring at the dusty fan and spiders on the ceiling.
That might make us feel unproductive and awful at the end of the day. But it shouldn’t always be like that
You can have a productive day even with chronic illness. It is very possible.
In this post, you will learn seven effective ways to help you have a productive day with chronic illness.
Seven ways to have a productive day
1. Plan your day ahead
I find this sort of tricky but I do it anyways because it is helpful. I find it tricky because sickle cell like other chronic illness is unpredictable.
You are alright at night and by morning, you wake up to pain or chronic fatigue that leaves you spending hours in bed.
But I still do it and I recommend it because planning your day the night before gives you time to think about tasks that needs to be done first rather than doing things that you would end up feeling like you wasted the day.
And like the saying, if you fail to plan, you plan to fail. It is important to plan.
2. Create a to-do list
Another very important thing towards having a productive day. I like creating my to-do late in the night but sometimes when I get too tired and sleepy, I do it in the morning but that means I will get up early to create it.
Tips to creating an effective to-do list
- Don’t bombard yourself with tasks
I know you have a lot to achieve but let’s be sincere you can do it all in one day. So put some tasks away. It is important for you not to overwork yourself and to avoid that is to reduce your tasks for the day.
- Prioritize your tasks
In Brain Tracy’s eat that frog, he wrote about using procrastination to you advantage. That is the skill you use here.
Prioritizing your tasks means putting major tasks at the top of your to-do list. I like to make them the first three.
By major task, I mean tasks that when you do them you can go to bed or feel like you have done enough for the day.
Do you have a task that will do your harm if you procrastinate than good? Then put it on top too. Those are your major tasks.
I recommend you read eat that frog: 21 great ways to stop procrastinating, if you haven’t.
3. Pick one task at a time and crush it
It is important for you to pick one task at a time. Don’t fall for the thoughts of multi-tasking.
If you do not know, multi-tasking has been proven to cause harm to your brain. It can cause memory impairment. If you want to know how bad multitasking is to your health read this post by Chron.com
Stay on a task, focus and complete it.
4. Break down tasks
When you pick a task, break it down to smaller tasks or goals. That way, you will get more than in a short period of time.
You can make tasks time bound. Between a particular time and another
5. Know your most productive time and take advantage
I realized that I am not always very productive in the first hour of the day, if that happens to you too it is fine. Don’t do anything to avoid messing it up.
It is important to know when you are at your best so that you can take advantage. Who says you can’t work out at night? or you can’t draft that email first thing when you wake up.
I find that I am unproductive at night too especially after dinner. So I find tasks that I can do while on bed like planning for the next day.
6. Take breaks in between tasks
Whether you have finished a task or you are working on something that will take you hours to complete, take breaks.
You don’t want to finish a task and fall sick, you want to finish a task and feel better.
Take a nap, drink water, take a walk. All of these things will make you refreshed and keep your brain and body alive.
7. Consider rest to be productive
People living with chronic illness need plenty of rest. I don’t joke with mine.
Some days, I don’t do anything but rest. You should consider that too or you can intentionally reduce your tasks.
So instead of completing ten tasks in a day, intentionally reduce it to two so you can use the rest of the day to relax.
Here’s what to pin
Do you ever feel like you wasted the day or you life is being wasted because of your illness?
It shouldn’t be like that. Even though you are the only one who can define what productivity means to you, it still can be achieved.
Following these seven ways will make you feel productive. I should also tell you that your tasks for the day can be as small as drinking a particular amount of water.
Yes sometimes I write drink five liters of water in my to-do list. You can do that too, your list does not have to be chores and chores or office jobs.
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