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What To Do When You Don't Feel Like Working


Just Get Started

Yes, you heard that right. You just need to start doing it. I know that's hard, but you have to force yourself to do it. Go through the motions for the first 2 minutes if you have to. The beginning is always the hardest part. But the more you do it, the easier it gets. Little by little, the resistance to work will go away and you will start to gain momentum.

What If I Still Don't Feel Like Working After That?

Then maybe you're tired/low-energy or sick. Whatever reason you might have, try to not use them as an excuse as much as possible.

I encourage you to push yourself to the limit. Train yourself to develop the mindset of always pushing through in spite of problems and unfavorable circumstances, because this is how you find out the limits of what you are able to do.

But of course if you really can't work, then you can't.

Push, push, push.

Push, push, push.


If you really can't do the thing you're supposed to do, then here's what you can do. You can procrastinate... productively.

How exactly do you do that? Well, instead of doing all the useless stuff you do when you procrastinate (like scrolling on social media or watching videos on YouTube), you can do something productive. More specifically, you can do something that will make the task you're supposed to do easier.

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Let's say you need to study to prepare for an exam next week but you don't really feel like studying. One thing you can do instead is to tidy up and organize your desk so you can lessen the distractions you get when you're studying. You didn't actually study, but you made the conditions better for you when you study next time.


Step 1: Force yourself to start. Go through the motions for the first few minutes.

Step 2: Keep pushing until you gain momentum and the task becomes easier to do.

Step 3: If you really don't feel like doing the task you're supposed to do, procrastinate productively. You can do this in a way that makes the task at hand easier to do.

Get things done. Become unstoppable.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2021 Ferd Horus

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