How to Work when you Don’t Feel Like Working

Working from home brings about some freedom, but with freedom comes responsibilities. Nothing in life is truly free, which translates into that working from home comes with a price. Sickness has taken over and I am going on over a week of being cloudy. I looked up the symptoms online and it appears I have what’s called the common cold. Go figure. Whatever it is, the common cold or some virus, my brain is slowly shutting down. More often than not I feel cloudy and the idea of working really isn’t appealing to me when the brain is not functioning well. With that being said, we still have bills to pay and kids to support so I have to work.

How to Work when you Don’t Feel Like Working

How to Work when You Don’t Feel Like Working

  • Whack out of It – for me running a low grade fever for a few days now and being sick for over a week means I am not able to fully whack out of the funk. I can, however, tell my brain to cut it out for long enough to get a good stretch of about two hours before I feel exhausted, so whack out of it long enough to get a good solid two hours of work done.
  • Focus on Priorities – I have both my own blogs and client’s blogs to promote, which means I have priorities. While I can let some of my own blog promo stuff slide, I can’t let my client’s work slide. Between ghostwriting for a handful of clients as well as some direct order content clients and chore threads, I have to be sure to put those at priority level even when sick.
  • Don’t Have Self Pity – instead of wallowing in self-pity, which I am starting to fall into with this sickness taking over, focus on the fact that you are free to take a nap, rest or whatever you need to do so that you can feel better. Take time to sit in the tub or read a book, close your eyes, anything you can do about mid-day to recoup a little rather than sitting around sulking.
  • Accept The Funk – we all get into a funk, one of the awesome things about working from home is that we can be in a funk and adjust our work hours. I know I am most active in the morning hours, so that’s when I focus on priorities and make sure to get as much done as possible. This allows me to accept that I am exhausted about mid-day, rather than fight my body and mind.
  • Eat Better Foods – often times my other half tells me that, when I’m not sick, I suffer from a sugar crash or even caffeine crash, which is quite possibly true. I am working to figure out how to have more fresh fruits and veggies in the home so that I am not faced with the sugar crash mid-day when I feel better.

Reality is working from home is a privilege, and if it isn’t going to work for you then don’t do it. You must keep track of your income versus expenses quite frequently and always make sure you have a set amount that you must make daily or weekly in order to make money for those bills. If you have made your daily goal of cash or brought on new clients and work to accommodate those goals, then let yourself be in a funk. You will soon find that allowing yourself to be in a funk and just getting some extra sleep or relaxation time in will bring you back to the work at home table better than ever!

What do you do when you simply don’t feel like working?

 

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5 Comments

  1. This is definitely a tough one. I feel like a lot of it has to do with not being tired and dealing with monotony. Getting more sleep helps, so I’m not as crabby. Also just mixing things up when possible, trying a different routine so that work isn’t as boring.

  2. One thing I do is time myself for different activities. One hour to answer email, move on to one hour responding to comments, one hour working on a post, etc. It keeps me from jumping all over and being unproductive!

  3. I agree… sometimes difficult to right the mix with having motivation and not getting distracted. It can be a great thing if done correctly though.

  4. These are great tips. I’ve found that if I just keep plugging away, I’m through my slump before I know it. Sometimes, you just have to remember that to get things done, you have to embrace the suck. LOL

  5. Great tips! I don’t work at home, but I can definitely use some of these tips for working outside of the home too! Especially eating the right foods. Definitely helps keep energy levels up.

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