1. Break out the top 3 things you want to do in a given day
This will help energize you with clear direction for the day, without the giant to do list. These three items can be the top 3 items and can be broken down into less overwhelming bites, but having three main tasks for the day clarifies your priorities and gives you direction. Everything is overwhelming in massive doses, but even an elephant can be eaten if you just take a bite at a time.
2. Define your biggest pump-up devices and use them.
You know about coffee… but what about lesser utilized ways to power through fatigue that we may be overlooking?
- Drink 3 glasses of water in a row: fatigue is occasionally just confused dehydration.
- Take a mile run, or a 45 minute workout
- Listen to some high energy music (My personal favorite is Infected Mushroom but you could just as well be a Girl Talk fan (here’s another album like that: The White Panda) or into Daft Punk. To each his own, beliebers, or Trap music fans, whatever gets you in the mood to be productive.
3. Improve your diet. Eat your tastiest, healthiest favorites
It’s not always easy to eat like you want to. What’s convenient is not always healthy, and what’s healthy is not always cheap. And if it’s healthy and convenient it’s almost assuredly not cheap. Consider how much diet has to do with energy, and perhaps you’ll understand it’s an investment in your energy, and a person with energy can make more money. So if that’s worth it for you invest in some healthy convenient foods for your fridge.
- Baby food in packets: People think I’m crazy, but I’ll be the one laughing all the way to the nutrients. I think the food industry is going to expand their marketing efforts on superfoods in packets from babies to also include adults, but until then I’ll still be squeezing pear and pea babyfood packets and waving to my homies like a crazy person.
- Whole Grain Natural Energy Bars: Look for the ones with natural ingredients and without a ton of high fructose corn syrup and artificial sweeteners.
- Greek Yogurt: I am not a nutrition Expert, but these are a few of the healthier on the go foods I’ve managed to incorporate into my diet. I always feel better way I pay attention to the nutrients entering my body.
4. Write it all down, get your productivity app out
It’s not going away if you don’t. It’s just lingering in your subconscious waiting to nag at you. When you get it down on paper, it loses some of it’s power. You can label some items, “not now” or “deferred to [this date]”, or even delegate them to an appropriate resource. You have to utilize all the hours in your day, and keep yourself productive, but perhaps there is literally not enough hours in the day. You should be prepared to defer or delegate when necessary.
5. Take a look at ridiculously good work
Make sure to note that most work is not this good, so don’t get discouraged by it from feeling intimidated. But, amazing work will surely give you ideas for how to make your next or current project incredible. If you are a web or visual designer check out these 3 amazing websites that are recent, and these 7 resources for looking at amazing design work.
Bonus: Don’t push through. Rest
One day doing the easiest thing you can think of can be truly refreshing. There are incalculable benefits of taking a walk and watching a movie. Call up a friend and dust off your guitar. Pick up the brushes, or the spatula. What do you also love doing besides design or [enter work passion here]? Take a day to exercise that creative passion. Every week you should at least have a day to do things just for fun. If you’re like me and tend a bit more towards workaholism, be true to your inner child and relax a bit occasionally. If it’s not the time for that, consult 1 through 5 and make it happen, sometimes the most relaxing thing is knowing you got a ton of stuff done.