How to be productive when tired

Before I get into the tips, rule number one: get the most important/ challenging tasks completed early in the day whenever possible. Moments with few distractions and high energy level should be fiercely guarded and reserved for tasks that require lots of focus. My productivity has increased dramatically since I became a morning person because I get so much work done between 8-10AM.

[related article and video: How to wake up early]

Keep a list of to do tasks that don’t require a lot of energy

For me, that’s editing pictures and managing my pup’s Instagram account. [check out Aji’s account here] Other tasks that don’t require a lot of energy include the more “passive” tasks such as doing research or browsing the Internet, or organizational tasks such as cleaning up my inbox, physical surroundings, and my smartphone or computer storage space by getting rid of unnecessary files.

Sharpen your mental clarity

Speaking of organizing and cleaning.. Abraham Lincoln once famously said, “Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the ax.” Clearing my mind helps to sharpen it as does focusing on the big picture to help me prioritize the important tasks. When I’m having an afternoon lunch slump, I’ll take a 20-minute power nap, and if that doesn’t help, I meditate on my surroundings or visualize my future.

Learn a foreign language

Listening to music or watching TV or movies in a foreign language help tremendously with learning a new language. You now have an excuse to slack off. You’re welcome 😉 [related reading: Why learn foreign languages]

So there you have it. There are tons of things you can do when you’re tired that are more beneficial to your productivity and well-being than watching mindless TV or playing video games. You just need to start looking around.