Five Easy Ways To (Kinda) Be Productive

I’m not a procrastinator so to speak, but as an introvert and recluse, I get drained early and often. Sometimes it’s hard enough for me to just interact with people, and putting my work out there, let alone engaging with peole or taking on new projects. So I’ve deviced a few little things I do to be productive….kinda.

Productive(ish) Things To Do When You Feel Drained

1. Practice Spanish or any language for that matter. I use Duolingo, but I’m sure there are many other great apps out there. Duolingo gives you achievements for your progress, and during a slow work week, I feel transported to a far off country where writing isn’t kicking my ass.

2. Catch up on your favorite newsletters. I’m currenlty obsessed with Fruity by Phillip Picardi. Phillip is the former EIC of OUT magazine and CCO of Teen Vogue. He’s currently gracing us with his podcast, Unholier Than Thou, and his column in GQ magazine, but if you want to get acquainted with Phillip in his most influential medium, subscribe to this newsletter. Topics range from fashion to feminism and everything in between. If you have some newsletters that you recommend, please don’t hesitate to put them in the comment section below.

4. Revise your to-do list. Maybe you’re feeling less productive because you’re putting way too much on your plate. Revise your commitments and celebrate all your accomplishments. If you have to talk a big task, break it down into small, more manageable tasks and celebrate finishing each job.

5. Write and send a thank-you email to someone who inspired or helped you. Email a coworker, boss, partner, or the local business that you rely on and let people know you’re thinking about them, and you appreciate them. A thank-you email can go a long way, especially during a global pandemic.

Catch up on your favorite podcast. If you don’t know where to start, I would go to a lifestyle podcast from someone you already have a general interest in, and for me, it’s my good friend Grace and Ricardo Allen. Grace is a content creator, writer, mother, and so much more. Ricardo is the Atlanta Falcon’s starting safety and an emerging business tycoon. Listen to them talk about both their careers but, most importantly, their love and family. Every episode, I feel like I’m learning intimate secrets and universal life hacks I’ve always needed. Give All in With The Allens a listen! 

I hope you find something on this list to be helpful. Also, if you think I can benefit by adding something, let me know what that might be in the comments. Thank you all.


~R.K. Russell