So I hurt my back a couple of days ago. I think I pulled a muscle. But regardless, moving around is a little rough. So here I am, sitting on the couch, in the exact position that you see in the picture above. But it’s not quite the weekend, and work never stops. So whether you are hurt as well, or just like the couch, I hope this list helps motivate you to be productive and complete some tasks while still being comfy.
Make a to do list
If you have a lot of work that needs to be done this week, make a list of things that need to be completed and then narrow it down to things that you know you can complete today. Nothing makes me feel better than to mark things off my to do list. And when you are done, you have written record of how productive you were.
2. Answer emails
We’ve all got em. Those emails that need to read/replied to. Take some time and write back. While you are at it, why not delete some junk mail that’s just taking up space.
3. Organize the files on your computer
For some reason I always feel a sense of calm when my documents and files are organized into specific folders. It also makes things soooo much easier to find later on.
whether it’s your own blog or that novel you’ve always thought about starting, why not start now? What have you got to lose?
5. Edit photos
I have so many photos still on my camera that need to be edited. Even photos I just post on social media almost always need a few tweeks here and there, usually with lighting/exposure.
6. Update your resume
Even if you aren’t currently looking for a job, you really never know when you might come across your dream job and you’ll want your resume to be updated and ready.
7. Brainstorm ideas
Sometimes it’s good to have a day where you can sit and think. As a designer, I like to always have a sketchbook nearby to jot down thoughts or inspiration I come across. Some of my best work has come from flipping back through old sketchbooks and seeing old ideas in new light.
It’s no secret that I love to read. I do have a minor in Literature after all. But I’m not just talking about novels here, even though that’s a great way to spend your day as well. Read anything you can get your hands on. Read articles about your line of work to jump start some ideas, or read what other people in your field are saying and thinking. Seriously you learn so much by reading and the internet is the best resource.
9. Watch the news
I’m under the impression that most people my age don’t watch the news. I honestly don’t care what outlet you choose to get your info from, just make sure that it’s as legitimate as possible. It’s extremely important to know what is happening in the world and next time your group of friends start talking about governmental crises, you’ll have an educated response.
10. Learn a new skill
the internet is your playground. Go explore and find something that interests you. Whether you want to learn more about Photoshop, or you want to learn to make mobile apps, or you want pointers on public speaking; whatever you want to learn, there are literally a million online classes devoted to that very thing. We really don’t know how fortunate we are to have the world at our fingertips.
This is just a small list, mostly of things that I find beneficial, and hopefully you will too. Of course there are other choices when you are couch-ridden, like binge watching all five seasons of Breaking Bad, but that all depends on your definition of a productive day. 😉
How do you stay productive on an off day? And while we’re at it, what’s a good remedy for a hurt back? Please, anyone?