There are times when you simply can’t work productively. You might be sick, you might be depressed, maybe you’re simply not in the mood, or whatever. In short, you’re having a slow work day.
Sometimes these things are out of your hands. And all you can do is use it to your advantage. But how can a slow workday be good for my productivity?
You can use various strategies to make this slow workday work for you. Some of these strategies are:
Use slow work days to organize yourself
So you have free time since nothing is going on? Then use this time to de-clutter or reorganize your workplace. Take advantage of the slow work day to make your place a more productive area to work in. Clear some files, clean your area, and make it a place where you can work comfortably.
Set Your Goals and Reevaluate Them
Use this moment to reflect on your work and on your goals. Analyze if it can be done based on the current information that you have. You can even use this time to set new goals or modify your existing ones.
Use this time to do small but meaningful tasks
You can use this slow work day to do some tasks that you’ve been putting off. You can make that report that you’ve been putting off or you can help a fellow workmate. You can promote the company’s image by promoting it on social media or use this time to look at some data.
Use this time to do tasks that aren’t meaningful now but may become meaningful in the near future.
Use this time to plan ahead
You can use this slow work day to plan your day in advance or maybe even plan for the whole week. Not only will you be more productive, you’ll be saving time your time and energy as well.
Use this time to build relationships or strengthen current ones
Slow Day? How about having a chat with your workmates to improve your standing with them. Your relationship with John from HR or with Jenny from accounting might come in handy one day.
You’ll also feel more comfortable working in the office if you’re friends with everyone there. Productivity will also increase since you and your workmates are comfortable with each other’s help.
This is similar to building relationships with your coworkers but this time you’re planning with other people in advance. You don’t just need friends in the workplace, you also need to connect with like-minded people who have the same goals as well.
Meet or Get in Touch with important Clients
You can increase your revenue by keeping in contact with potential clients. You can also use this time to strengthen connections with a current client as well.
Evaluate how you manage your time
This is the perfect opportunity to look at your time management skills. Review your work and analyze how you’ve been doing things in the past. Analyze if you’ve been managing your time wisely. You might’ve spent too much time on breaks or you might have failed to follow a certain schedule or plan.
Now is the time to reflect and look at how you’ve been using your time.
This is the perfect opportunity to come up with new ideas. You can use this opportunity to create new income making opportunists for your company. Or you can use this time to come up with organizational or societal causes that will help the community.
You can work with people in your office or use your connections to fundraise your ideas. You can even brainstorm on how you’re going to get that promotion or brainstorm about making the office a better place to work in.
Improve your current skillset
You can’t be more productive if you don’t improve your current skillset. You’ll never get that promotion if you don’t improve your managerial skills, you won’t finish that report quickly if you don’t improve your writing skills, you won’t be able to get new clients if you don’t improve your networking and social skills, and so on and so on.
Use this downtime or free time to make yourself a better worker.
Sign up for an online course
Join an online course, a webinar, or other online activities that will improve you as a person. You can specialize in a topic or join a community where you can find a specialty. You might be able to network with other people as well. The internet is there to make you a better person.
Make an Online Course
If you don’t plan to join an online course then why not make one yourself? If you’re an expert on a certain topic, then why not share your knowledge and expertise with others?
You’ll earn money while helping others in the process. It’s basically hitting two birds with one stone.
Well since there’s isn’t really much to do you might as well hit the gym. Go run in the treadmill, lift some weights, do some cardio. If there are no gyms nearby, then do some bodyweight exercise in the office.
Investing in your body and in your health is something that all of us must do. You can’t buy a healthy body nor can you sexy looking abs. You’ll be surprised at how much energy you have after exercising.
Get Some Rest and Relaxation
It isn’t every day that you’re given this kind of opportunity. Make the most out of it. Have some fun, play some games, get some sleep, de-stress.
It isn’t the end of the world if you have a slow work day. The best thing that you can do is to make the most out of it.
Also, try these tips for turning these ideas into a habit.