First Gen American asks:
How do you suck yourself out of an unproductive funk. Do you find that allowing yourself to wallow in it for awhile is actually is more helpful than beating yourself up about being unproductive.
Yes, with the caveat that beating oneself up about being unproductive can sometimes be an important component of wallowing in it. To get the full wallow a little self-hatred is necessary.
To get out: Just Do IT. Sometimes I will ask #2 to remind me about vans by rivers and request a kick in the posterior.
#2 says: I think the how getting-out part for me has involved meeting people at coffee shops. I haven’t done much of that recently. Hard deadlines also make me ridiculously productive. Unfortunately last-minute deadline blitz is unsustainable, if for no other reason than RSI.
We here at grumpy rumblings love to cross things off lovely lovely lists. Sometimes even if I can’t be productive, I can write a list about what it would take to be productive. Then day two I can cross one of the things off the list. Breaking up tasks into smaller tasks is great for goal motivation. Doing them from smallest to largest is also good for motivation, though one of us works best when she has an important goal that she doesn’t want to do hanging over her head– it makes all the other tasks on the to-do list seem so much more worthy of doing by comparison.
I guess it depends on WHY the funk. I have anxiety which I manage with meds and awareness of it.
It’s also important to ATTEMPT to realize that it’s really not so bad once I get going. Starting is hard! But starting is often the hardest part. Like Boice says, tell yourself to do it for 30 min– if that’s too long, then 10 min, or even 5 min. You can do almost anything for 5 min, and once you’re started it usually isn’t so bad.
What do you do, Grumpy World?