This Is How You Get Shit Done When You Don’t Want To Get Out of Bed
5 simple tips to help you push through resistance and do what you need to do
Pardon my French.
It’s morning, a bright and sunny Tuesday morning, well, okay it wasn’t sunny yet because I like to wake up before the sunrise to get things done.
It’s 5 AM, I have a cup of coffee made, a candle is lit.
All is quiet all through the house. Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.
I’m staring at the blank screen on my computer. A blank google doc.
“You’re supposed to be writing,” I tell myself for the 4th time.
1 hour later.
I’ve written maybe a page. I stared at the wall, I stared at the time clicking, I looked out the window watching the sky change from black to navy blue, to bright blue. I listened to the birds waking up, their first chirps making their way through the wind. I’ve done every possible thing I could think of doing, outside of writing.
I couldn’t really understand what was going on with me this morning.
Mornings are my jam. Mornings are my moment to thrive, they’re my time to be my most creative, they’re MY time. Except, that it took me almost a half hour to roll out of bed, I took my sweet time making one cup of coffee, and I found my white walls more interesting than the thoughts in my head.
I also couldn’t even fathom the idea of completing my morning workout, nor even look at my to-do list.
“What is wrong with me?” I kept asking myself.
I mean sure, maybe I’m a little tired, maybe I didn’t get enough quality deep sleep, however, in all honesty, that should not hold you back from doing what you have to be doing. It’s only Tuesday. Get your shit together.
I told myself.
And, I did. I grumbled my way through a workout, I took my time showering, I took my time getting ready for the day, I made a second cup of coffee, this time doubling up on the shots.
Then, I followed a few simple steps on how to get my shit done, despite wanting to do nothing but go back to bed.
Tip #1. Try to rack your brain about WHAT is causing you to feel this way.
If you identify the root of the problem, perhaps you’ll be able to avoid it next time or deal with it better if it comes around again
I took a good 15–20 minutes trying to analyze why I was feeling the way that I was. Nothing happened, I went to bed at a decent hour, but I felt like total crap and I couldn’t bring myself to work well. I felt glum and sluggish.
I’m not going to say I identified the exact root of the problem, sometimes we have days like this. However, if you know what makes you even slightly feel this way, you’ll be ready next time.
I realized that the day before, I didn’t eat nor drink any water the entire day.
When dinner rolled around, I placed a pick-up order. I got my food, I ate all the fries first, then went on to eat my wrap only to realize it tasted like crap. I ate it anyway because I was hungry.
I also drank a diet coke because I wanted the caffeine. Which, I also had at around 7 PM, resulting in the caffeine still being in my system when I went to sleep, which probably made my sleep quality shitty.
Conclusion? I didn’t treat my body all that well the night before. It only makes sense that it doesn’t treat me well back.
Next time? Eat wholesome and nutritious food, also drink water. It’s sort of common sense, but sometimes when you get so involved in a project or whatever it is that you may be doing, you tend to forget basic things.
Tip #2. Push past the resistance.
Hey, I’m not saying continue working even if you’re feeling like complete crap and you’re sick, etc. I’m saying that if you’re merely feeling lazy, or you didn’t sleep GOOD enough, try your absolute best to push through it. You’ll feel better knowing you were strong enough to pull through and get your stuff done.
Resistance oftentimes comes from within. It is self-generated and self-perpetuated. It keeps you from doing your work, it keeps you from your true calling, and it instills negative thoughts in you.
Push past it. Acknowledge that resistance is strong, but you’re 10x stronger.
Tip #3. Try to knock out the most important things first
Towards the end of the day, the little energy you have will diminish. If you have a deadline for a certain project, complete it first.
If you don’t have deadlines but you STILL want to be productive and you still want to smash your to-do list, focus on the things that you can do that don’t necessarily require a TON of brain work.
For instance, I have a food blog, I also have a lifestyle blog. I had several recipes that needed to get posted. All I have to do is put in the ingredients, type out the instructions, add the photos and I’m done because the actual blog posts are already done. This requires little of me, I don’t have to think too hard, I don’t have to sit there analyze little details.
However, my lifestyle blog is a different story. I create blog posts about a variety of different things, and that actually takes a lot of time, effort, and a whole lot of thinking.
I settled on working on my food blog, it was peaceful, simple, and it allowed me to accomplish things I needed to do anyway.
Tip #4. Give yourself a break
The best thing you can do for yourself is not to completely take the day off just because you’re feeling a bit tired, but to give yourself a break in the middle of the day to recoup.
My schedule goes a little something like this:
I wake up around 5 AM and write/journal/read until about 7–7:30. Then, I take a mini-break by doing a workout.
I shower, I get ready for the day, and I take my time doing so, especially if I am feeling a bit on the sluggish side. This allows me to perform little acts of self care. For instance, I roll out, I stretch, I take an extra hot shower.
Another thing I do is I make myself a delicious latte, and I try to make myself something that will bring me joy for breakfast. One of my favorite cozy foods is a creamy and warm bowl of oatmeal with a drizzle of maple syrup and berries. It gives me warmth from the top of my head to the tip of my toes.
I resume my work around 9–10 and make an effort to keep working without interruption until lunchtime or so. Which means… another mini-break.
Take a walk, eat something, drink a smoothie, have another coffee, do what you need to do.
Tip #5. Give yourself pep talks throughout the day.
Honestly, this saves me. Whenever I feel sluggish, whenever I feel tired, whenever I ask myself, “why am I doing this? I could be laying in bed!” I tell myself affirmations, I tell myself my WHY, I remind myself that I am capable of so much more. I am capable of pushing through any limitation that falls upon me, I am a badass that could do absolutely anything I set my mind to. I also… treat myself.
Sometimes, that’s what it takes. On rougher days, end your workday an hour or two earlier. Drink a glass of wine. Do what it takes to help you relax.
You have to acknowledge that you will have rough days every now and then. There will be times where you wake up feeling poorly for literally no reason, and those are the days where it will be most challenging to keep going because you don’t necessarily have a logical REASON for not wanting to continue working, you’re simply feeling like crap.
Push past it. Keep going. These are the milestones that you HAVE to go through in order to achieve the life of your dreams.
I know you have it in you to push past this shitty day.
Remember, tomorrow is a new day. You got this.