15 Ways to Stay Productive Even When You Don’t Feel Like Working

Do you ever find yourself starting your work day with little to no motivation to be productive and do what you need to do? You may be tempted to just take the day off (and you should if that’s what you need to do!), but there are plenty of other things you can do that will benefit your business and break up your usual routine. So if you find yourself with a few extra minutes to spare, or maybe you just don’t feel like working but you still want to be productive, try out some of the ideas below.

15 Easy ways to stay productive, even when you don't feel like working.

Here are 15 ideas for things you can easily do today, whether you feel like working or not, that will help grow your business and keep you feeling productive!

Educate yourself.

Read Something – Relax and read a book, or listen to an audiobook or favorite podcast. Try something motivational or something on a subject you’re interested in learning more about, like marketing or SEO. This is an excellent way to take a well-deserved break while still being productive. Check out this list of the “Best Small Business Podcasts on the Planet”.

Learn Something – Try an online class or workshop, or even watch some Youtube videos. With websites like Skillshare and Youtube, it’s never been easier to learn something new. Whether it’s photography, Photoshop, or Excel – grow your skill set and your business is sure to grow too.

Research Something – Is there a particular part of your business that you would like to learn more about? Perhaps you’ve been wondering what the best social media management tool is right now? Or maybe you’ve been wondering how to use the data from your analytics plugin to make significant changes that will drive more traffic to your site. Take some time and research whether or not there are better ways to do the things you are already doing.

Conduct regular audits to keep your online presence and visual identity fresh.

Audit Your Website – When it comes to your business’ website, you can’t just ‘set it and forget it’. You should audit your site 2 – 4 times each year. Websites take ongoing maintenance to ensure plugins are updated, images and links are still active, and the content is fresh. A quick check in from time to time will help to make sure your site is driving the type of traffic you’d like and that it’s meeting your goals and expectations, so you can make changes when needed.

Audit Your Social Media – Maintaining an active online presence through social media is a great way to build brand recognition and drum up business. It’s important to occasionally step back and look at the big picture when it comes to social media. Check your bios, photos, videos etc to make sure everything is up to date, brand cohesive, and in line with your goals.

Audit Your Branding – Is it time to update your brand? Again, step back and take a look at the big picture. Is your brand’s visual identity cohesive when you look at everything together – your logo, business cards, marketing materials, website, and social media profiles? Your visual identity should clearly convey your brand story.

Organize all the things.

Prioritize – Take a look at your day and think about how you spend your time and where your direct your attention. If you constantly feel like there’s just not enough hours in the day, it may be time to re-prioritize your schedule. Figure out what’s most important to you by making a list of your top 3-5 goals and then setting your schedule and task list to focus primarily on those few items.  

Purge – This can easily apply to any number of things – from purging any services or products that no longer generate revenue, purging daily tasks or business processes that just aren’t worth the time, to cleaning up your computer, desk, or office. Getting rid of the unnecessary things will save time, money, and your sanity.

Organize – Once you know what’s most important and you’ve gotten rid of anything that does not benefit you and your business, it’s time to do one of my favorite things…organize. Keeping your workspace, routine, and best practices simple and streamlined will increase your productivity and help you to develop laser-like focus on your goals.   


Automate – Now that you have your priorities arranged and you’ve started to streamline your processes, analyze what’s left and simplify even more by tackling some of your ongoing tasks using automation. Take tasks like social media networking, invoicing, accounting, and some emailing, and let technology do the work. Check out these helpful tips on small business automation.

Improve – Which ongoing tasks take up more time than you’d like? Taking a systematic approach with your regular tasks like marketing, networking, and blogging will make your workflow more effective and efficient. Choose a process, and if it can’t be automated, simplify it or improve it. Plus, this will help you to be more productive!

Plan – Set some goals for yourself and your business. Short-term or long-term, it doesn’t matter, but be sure to set yourself up for success by making a specific plan for how you will achieve your goals.

Get out of the office.

Connect – Go check out a new business in your area or reach out to other local business owners and schedule a time to meet up for coffee or lunch. Get out of the office, check out some local businesses in person and meet your ‘neighbors’. Social media or websites like Alignable are great ways to connect.

Reconnect – Reach out to past clients, customers, or partners and see how they’re doing. No business, just a simple ‘no strings attached’ email, text, call, or a handwritten note if you’re feeling fancy. If you’re local, you could even suggest getting together for drinks or dinner. Each connection you make will keep you and your services fresh in their mind.

Treat Yourself – Last but not least, take some time to do something just for you! A nice lunch, an afternoon off, or hitting up a happy hour with some friends- just do something you find enjoyable. You work hard and you deserve a break! Plus, anything that benefits your well-being will automatically benefit your business.  

These are all things you can and should do regularly to keep your business running smoothly, but they’re especially great for those days when you just need something different.

What do you do to stay productive when you don’t feel like working? Tell us in the comments below! 

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