Making The Most Of Unproductive Days

Unproductive days are okay. Sometimes you deserve to relax. Other times you have to be productive out of necessity.

Regardless, you can’t work all day, every day for 365 days of the year.

Life happens. Unforeseen events and circumstances occur. That’s how it always has been. How it always will be.

We can have the best intentions. We can make elaborate plans. But our intentions don’t always result in the things we expected or desired. Besides, plans fall through.

It’s tough to feel like you’ve let a perfectly good day go by. As if you wasted 24 hours. But if you were happy, if you spent some of the time doing what you wanted, would you say that’s wasted time? Or would you think it’s time well spent?

Perhaps you weren’t productive in the morning. But what’s stopping you from having a productive afternoon or evening?

Maybe you spend 8 hours sleeping and lying in bed every day, give or take. But if you work hard for even just 2 or 6 hours, you can still get a lot done.

Never let one bad thing have a domino effect on everything else. Never allow one negative person to ruin all the positives in your life.

In a perfect world, everything would be optimized all the time. But you don’t live in a perfect world. So one day you might prioritize blogging over reading. Another day it could be writing over editing. What’s the problem?

At least you’re making progress on something. And you’re doing what makes you happy.

Productivity isn’t just about getting a lot of work done. Because there’s so much more to life than just work.

Maybe working easy on the right things is better than working hard on the wrong things.

10 thoughts on “Making The Most Of Unproductive Days

  1. Yes, we all need a break. And sometimes working for an hour or two is better than not getting anything done at all. I barely got anything done yesterday (it was just one of those days where I had no motivation to do anything) but I did plan out deadlines for my novels for 2018. I’m going to be working on eight different projects throughout the year, four will be posted on Wattpad, two will be prepped to query to agents, and the other two will be prepped for 2019 (one to be self-published if I don’t get an agent by then).

    It was totally weird to think that far ahead, but my writing has taken such a backseat because of my blog and other writerly duties that NaNo months are the only months I write (and then I never edit). I’m excited and eager to get back into it now that I have a solid plan.


    1. Exactly. Something is better than nothing. I’d consider that a success. I’m glad you know what you want to achieve and when you want to achieve your goals. I can’t wait to read them.

      Mmm yeah. I get that. I hope you have a great NaNoWriMo. All the best!


      1. Yeah, I feel excited again and I haven’t felt like that for my writing in a while! Now I just have to stick with it, lol.

        I hope you have a great NaNo as well! I’m looking forward to it!


  2. Today, Saturday, I’m designating as a catch up day. The things I will produce will not be new, but they WILL be productive. I’m not expecting any physical activity, but I am having lunch as a clean out the refrigerator meal, and I’m catching up on grading late papers. Why do I even accept them?!? Because I’m a softie, that’s why, and everyone sometimes has an unproductive day and a paper doesn’t get done. After all, life happens!


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