We all have those moments when our moods don’t match the work we’re doing.
But the big difference between a productive writer and an unproductive writer is that the productive writer knows that you can’t always count on being in the right mood for the work—and that’s why she has tools to help refresh and reboot herself on a daily basis.
So, if you’re feeling groggy or sluggish today, here are a few tips on how to help make yourself feel more awake and energized right away.
How To Refresh And Reboot Yourself In 12 Easy Steps
1. Take off your shoes
It’s a simple exercise, I know, but sometimes just taking off your shoes and resting your bare feet across some sand, or some grass, can really freshen you up.
2. Take a shower
I know, this seems like a no-brainer, but sometimes we forget that a quick shower can do WONDERS to how awake and alert we feel.
3. Drink a tall, cold glass of grapefruit juice
I know, grapefruit juice is not the best tasting beverage, but trust me:
When I drank a whole cup of grapefruit juice recently, I felt so alive and invigorated afterward, and that’s probably because grapefruit juice is all natural and totes refreshing.
(Wait a minute. Did I just adopt “totes” as part of my regular vernacular? Oh my god. What have I become? WHAT HAVE I BECOME!?)
3. Update the old wardrobe
A nice, new clean pair of underwear (or socks) will instantly make you feel more refreshed. Again, it’s a simple little tip, but try it out and see if you don’t feel totes refreshed afterward.
(THERE IT IS AGAIN! Why me?)
4. Update the look
Get a haircut, dye your hair, try on some new make up, and I bet you anything you will feel rebooted right away.
5. Update the scent
Try out a new perfume (or new cologne) this week. Try picking a new scent that makes you feel refreshed. You might want to try a new scent for some other products you own as well like your lotion, your body wash, or your soap.
I love this trick because if you’ve used the same scent for a long time, the sudden change of smell takes a while for you to get used to. So, during the first few days, you often find yourself thinking:
“Wow, who smells so good?”
Then you smile and say to yourself.
“Oh, it’s me! That’s totes awesome.”
6. Change the wallpaper
To feel instantly rebooted, try updating your computer’s desktop wallpaper, changing your blog’s design, or buying a new cover for you iPhone.
“Changing the wallpaper” makes the old and tired look new and refreshing. Which makes you really excited for work again.
(By the way, if you really want to feel refreshed, try literally changing the wallpaper in your office space—or rearranging the furniture!)
7. Take a nap
A nice 10-15 minute nap should freshen you up a bit.
8. Go for a jog
Take a quick, 15-minute jog around the block in order to feel instantly rebooted.
Going for a jog always makes me feel more cleansed, more clear-headed, more energized, and more focused for work.
9. Try listening to a different type of music than you are used to (or try listening to a type of music you generally don’t like)
Try listening to a different type of music than you are used to in order to feel quickly refreshed. Maybe it’s Country, maybe it’s Rock, whatever it is, it will be very refreshing to you because you won’t be used to hearing it.
Even if you end up hating this new music, it will be a much-needed break from your regular musical routine. What is more: when you get back to your old favorites, they’ll sound brand new again!
Personally, I’ve been branching out into unfamiliar music territory. For instance, I’m actually digging Justin Bieber’s new album right now.
(Wait, what? Totes? Justin Bieber? WHAT IS WRONG WITH ME? AM I SLOWLY TURNING INTO A 14-YEAR-OLD GIRL? NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!)
10. Revisit your favorite quotes
If you’re like me, you love inspirational quotes.
I have a Kindle, so all of my favorite quotes are saved all in one place on my eBook reader. So, whenever I feel a bit funky, I’ll re-visit these saved quotes. Suddenly, in no time, my favorite people (like Mark Nepo, Paulo Coelho, Julia Cameron, and Jon O’ Donahue) are whispering little gold nuggets of wisdom to me.
So, if you’re feeling a bit groggy today, gather up your favorite inspirational quotes and read them over again. You’ll feel refreshed and rebooted in no time.
11. Tidy up
Dust your furniture, do the laundry, wash the dishes, wash your car, organize your bookshelf, throw away trash and excess clutter, wipe your windows, do some ironing, or clean your glasses.
Tidy things up a bit.
After you’re done, you’ll feel more energized, refreshed and ready to get back to work.
12. Get dangerous
Okay, to be clear: I don’t mean “get dangerous” in a way that you might hurt yourself or others. I also do not mean that you should do something illegal.
What I mean by “getting dangerous” is that I want you to do something that feels dangerous to you, but that isn’t actually dangerous.
For instance: it may feel dangerous for you to let yourself go on a blind date. But today, instead of being reluctant, be dangerous by actually going on that blind date.
Or: it may feel dangerous for you to write a book about aliens and rock stars competing with each other in an international bowling competition. But, today, instead of being reluctant, be dangerous by actually writing that story.
I know that’s a totes lame example, but I think you get my point.
(There it is again. You know what? I give up. I’m just gonna accept it.)
Doing something that feels dangerous to you (but that is not harmful or illegal) is a great way to reboot yourself whenever you are feeling sluggish or groggy. When you engage in something that feels dangerous to you, the adrenaline usually kicks into your system—waking you up and making you feel alert right away.
Before you know it, you are adequately rebooted and refreshed—and eager to get back to work.
Rebooted and Refreshed
Well, there you have it, readers: my best tips on how to go from “groggy” to “refreshed.” I hope they help you.
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to listen to the latest single by Britain’s new pop sensation One Direction. Then, I’m going to Vlog about how K-Stew and R Pat’s break up has seriously compromised The Twilight franchise forever–then I plan on sobbing uncontrollably.
I know: it’s uncharacteristic of me. But boy is it refreshing.
much totes love,