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How do you deal with unproductive days?

madza profile image Madza ・1 min read

We all have unproductive days. For content creators, this state is often referred to as 'the writer's block' or 'the wall'.

How do you fill up these days?
Do you take the day off from content creation or coding (if possible) or do you still have some tasks you like to do?

For example, I try to relax the mind as much as possible (usually longer activities outside, sports).

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Shaquil Maria

It all depends on what's on the To-Do list of the unproductive day, but normally I'd just binge watch a series or finish a drawing. Most times I associate unproductive days with being tired or not im the right mind space, so I just take it slow for that day.

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Madza Author

It's important to understand that unproductive days are ok too and good for the mind πŸ˜‰ Forcing work, failing, and later blame yourself will create an opposite effect πŸ˜‰

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Shaquil Maria

Definitely!

And it's important to assess why you feel unproductive too. That will help you see patterns and even help you plan ahead for unproductive (break) days.

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Richard Guay

Start a different project that has no relation to what I’m trying to do productively (if coding, do some writing). After a while, an ideal for the first project pops into my head and I’m productive in that area as well.

When it’s really bad, go for a hike, walk, swim, etc. Sometimes I just need more physical activity to get the production going!

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Daniel

Usually when I have unproductive days it is because I am physically tired or mentally exhausted from so much work, now that everything is remote it is more noticeable and felt. Before home was my space to distract and relax from everything that had to do with work, now what I do is go out, walk for an hour or two while listening to music to distract me, so I try to lighten my thoughts and relax the tiredness.

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Pandz18

For me , if my days unproductive , I understand that not all days are productive and what I was supposed to do on that day I would spread it over the next few days ( ie , if I tried my best to work and still couldn't )

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James Palermo

Try to finish up any busy work I’ve been putting off that doesn’t take much creativity or thought, then get to my GTI and vigorously drive to a trail for a hike and think about stuff.

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Madza Author

Yeah, I sometimes do stuff that doesn't request creativity, like sorting files on pc, organizing emails, too... Stuff that just has been put aside for some time πŸ˜€πŸ˜€

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Kinanee Samson • Edited

I just see it as sign of a break. I step away from everything tech and focus on the other side of life, just to reboot and freshen up again.

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Madza Author

The way to go πŸ’―πŸ‘

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Ashish Khare😎

Music! Only takes maximum of 15 min to recover.

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Madza Author

Yeah, it helps too πŸŽΆπŸ˜‰

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Michelle Tan

I'd try to do things as not code related as possible. Like painting or playing piano, creative stuff essentially. As well as outdoor running.

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Madza Author • Edited

I would recommend trying music composing/production, helps a lot to express a different side of creativity from personal experience ✨ Also running can do wonders, aka endorphins πŸ˜€πŸ˜€

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