Instead of giving up and doing the whole "Netflix and chill" routine for the next few hours, it can helpful to check in with your body. When you stop to check in with yourself, you may find that a simple fix is all that’s required for getting back into your normal productive mode.
Here are three things that can disrupt your natural work flow:
Your body is hungry.
When you’re hungry, it’s hard to think things through and that makes decision making difficult. That’s why it’s important to take time to nourish your body. You wouldn’t set out on a road trip with an empty gas tank so don’t expect your body to perform at its very best when you’re denying it much needed fuel.
You can easily remedy this situation by getting something to eat. But steer clear of sugary snacks. They may give you a temporary burst of energy but that energy will be gone within a couple of hours, leaving your body just as hungry as before. Instead, try to opt for healthier snacks that contain plenty of protein like a handful of nuts or a serving of lean chicken breast.
If you're like me and you get so wrapped up in you're work that you forget to eat, try setting an alarm to remind you when it's time to take a break and eat!
Your thoughts are scattered.
I have the attention span of a gnat! I'm a Gemini after all! You know what I mean. You go to work on one project but get distracted by another one. Then you decide to check your email and catch up on your social media updates. Before you know it, you have twelve different activities open on your screen.
When this happens, you might be experiencing a lack of focus. You have so many ideas and tasks that you don’t know where to start working. In this case, it’s best to pause and make a list. Write down everything you need to accomplish today or this week. Then prioritize these projects by numbering them. Your most important task should be number one. If you're not sure where to start, start there!
If you find that other tasks are still distracting you, try setting a time limit to work on each item on your list. Set an alarm to remind you when it's time to move to something different. When the alarm goes off you can decide to continue to work on your current task or if your focus is wandering and it's time for a change.
Your body is exhausted.
There are many things that can cause you to feel exhausted besides a lack of sleep. Emotional stress, illness, chronic pain, and other problems can deplete your energy. When you’re exhausted, it’s hard to work on your business.
The best way to tackle exhaustion is to practice self-care. Look at your life and ask yourself what you really need right now. You might need a day off. You might need a sitter to help watch your kids while you work.
You might need to let go of stressful clients or remove projects that aren’t a good fit for your talents. Don’t hesitate to give yourself what you need. If you take good care of yourself, you’ll find it easier to nurture your business.
It’s important that you take time to check in with your mind and body a few times each day. When you do this regularly, you’ll begin to notice your body’s rhythms and be able to plan your work around them.