How to be Productive When You’re Tired

When you are tired, trying to get anything done becomes an almost insurmountable task and can feel like a chore. It is hard to focus on what needs to be done and then to actually get it done. Here are some ways to be productive even when you are tired. 

How to Be Productive When You are Tired

How to be Productive When You're Tired - Woman Laying Head Down on Desk Among Books

1. Accept Your Human

It is hard to function and perform your best work on inadequate food or sleep because you don’t have the energy to fuel you. But don’t beat yourself up over feeling tired. This will just lower your productivity further because you will just waste cognitive energy on being angry at yourself. 

No matter how little sleep you have had, just accept the fact that you won’t be able to produce your best work ever. Just focus on doing your best with what you’ve got. 

2. Eliminate Distractions

When we are tired, our attention span decreases. It becomes harder to resist temptations and distractions, and just focus. So, it is important to make your environment as distraction-free as possible. 

  • Clean Off Your Workspace

Only leave the items that are necessary to complete your job. 

  • Use Noice-Canceling Headphones

Listen to music or sit in silence. Either way, this will help to reduce any noice-related distractions. 

  • Constant Notifications Grabbing Your Attention?

Then put your phone out of reach and silence your inbox. 

    3. Exercise

    I’m starting to sound like a broken record. I talk about exercise a lot. It apparently comes up often. Now in this instance it might seem counterproductive. 

    Why would you want to expend precious energy when you are already tired and work needs to be done? Because exercising is energizing and invigorating. You don’t need to spend a lot of time in order to feel these effects. Even just some walking and stretching will help. 

    4. Power Nap

    If you are able to do so, taking a power nap can be beneficial. Even just sleeping for 20 minutes can help you feel more awake and invigorated. In order to fall asleep quickly, try making the room as dark as you can or use a sleep mask. 

    5. Schedule Your Breaks

    Even on a good day when you are feeling your best, your concentration levels will only last so long before you need a break. And when you are tired, it is even shorter. When taking a break try to go for a little walk. At the very least, stand up and stretch for two minutes. This is enough to restart your brain and concentration. Make sure you are taking breaks, but don’t let the breaks last too long. 

    6. Listen to Music

    Listening to music can help you stay alert and not feel bored. But don’t listen to music you know or you’ll try to song along and get distracted. Either listen to music you don’t know or the best option, classical music. That way there is no words that your brain will want to listen to and possibly get distracted by. 

    7. Break Your Work Down

    When you are tired, it is hard to focus. That’s just a fact. So, when you are needing to concentrate, but your focus is struggling, what can help is breaking your work down into manageable chunks. So for example, if you are trying to write a paper, break it down into sections. First you could write an outline. Next you could work on the intro and so on. 

    Final Thoughts

    We all get tired and have to work sometimes. When this happens just focus on doing the best job that you can with what focus and attention that you have. 

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