9 Ways to Boost Your Productivity When You’re Feeling Anxious & Depressed

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One of my most significant issues for a long time was finding the time, the motivation, and the tools I needed to accomplish everything I needed to in a day. My depression and my anxiety were both huge factors. I was feeling sluggish, unfocused, and unmotivated, and sometimes I still do, but it is possible to fight.

If you’re having these issues as well, here are some excellent tips to get you back on track. And yes, you must FORCE yourself to do these things, even when you don’t want to. 

Wake up early: The earlier I start my day, the better! I get a lot more work done in the morning rather than later on in the afternoon or evening. No matter how long I’ve been working, if it’s later in the day, I can feel myself slowing down and losing focus.

Write out your goals each and every day: I literally mean every day. At least for a little while, and then move on to writing them out once a week. It’s amazing how much harder you work with your long list of scary (but exciting) goals right beside you.

Read your goals out loud daily: This is something you should continue to do everyday. Pound those goals into your mind so that they’re always lingering around. It’s the best motivation. On those days when you don’t want to get out of bed, you don’t want to drive to work, you don’t want to workout, whatever it may be, if you read those goals out loud, it’ll motivate you! It’ll remind you of what you’re putting all the hard work in for. 

Update your goals: Whenever you rewrite your goals whether it’s daily or weekly, you can change them! You don’t have to stick to the same goals. Some of my goals change weekly! For example, one of my goals I wrote down was hit promotion number 2 at my brand new job by May. Unfortunately, I hated the job I had to do so I tried it for one week, but felt far too uncomfortable, so I opted to leave. I rewrote my goals and obviously got rid of that one. My focus changed, and that’s okay. It’ll happen more often than you think.

Write down your ‘reasons’ or your ‘why’: I think this is one of the most important steps you could possibly take. Write down WHY you’re doing these things.
Here are mine…

Help others survive the daily struggle of anxiety and depression
Financial freedom

Be my own boss
Have my health back
Travel more
Get a house
Work from home
Pay to finish school without student loans
Pay off my student loans that I already have
Be an inspiration to others
Be more confident
Write and blog full-time 

Have a workspace: My favorite at-home workspace is my dining room table. It gives me plenty of space, I can’t see the TV from there, and it’s one of the best lit rooms of the house. One day I’ll have my dream office!

Prioritize: Your number one goal is to make another $1,000 to put a down payment on a house. Okay? But today is one of those days where you just really “don’t feel like” being at work. Is that getting you to your goal of $1,000?! No! Remind yourself of that house and how badly you want it. That’s a priority for you, so treat it like one! 

Write it out: On those days when you’re just feeling too anxious to function or too depressed to move, let it all out. Try journaling! Using these Mental Health Journals for Anxiety & Depression has actually helped me a lot! I’ve been able to take some “self-care” time for myself, acknowledge the way I’m feeling, and get a little boost back! Sometimes that’s all it takes!

Do some personal Development: Daily personal development has done wonders for my work ethic and motivation. Right now, I am reading You Are A Badass by Jen Sincero. I highly recommend it for those following me who suffer from depression and anxiety. I was actually assigned to read it by my counselor, and I love it. I also completed Chalene Johnson’s 30 Day Push, and that was the program that actually got me to create these habits. I plan on doing it again soon so I can get a little refresh!
I never thought I’d be reading these types of books or doing these challenges, but it’s changing my mindset and truly setting me up for success!

What are your goals and your “why”? Share 5!

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