3 Tips for Getting Moving When You’d Rather be Doing Nothing

Doing Nothing

Have you ever had something you kinda sorta had to do but at that exact moment you really didn’t feel like doing anything?

Believe it or not, that does happen to me too — especially in winter when the days are dark and cold and the very thought of leaving the house makes me shiver.

There are often times I have committed to something but I would rather just snuggle on the couch with a good book and a glass of wine. Organizing my files for filing my taxes comes to mind.

Doing nothing is an art in itself.

In fact, I fully believe doing nothing is something that needs to be done fairly often.

The sad reality is that while you do have the power in your life to decide what you do and don’t do and when you do it, there are a few things that do have very real consequences if you don’t. We all have certain responsibilities and commitments that at some point simply do need doing, whether we like it or not.

Here are 3 tips to get you moving when you would really rather be doing nothing...

1. Does it really need doing and, if so, does it have to be you? Take a good look at the task and decide if this is something that ultimately has to be done at all (like your taxes) or can you either delegate it to someone else or totally let it go without guilt? Sometimes you commit to things that you really don’t want to do or enjoy at all (yes, you do) — if you won’t enjoy the task at all and someone else can do it, let it go and then use the time to have some fun.

2. Break the big task into micro mini tasks. When I have a big task, like organizing my office or getting all the paperwork ready for my taxes (something I simply can’t delegate at this point), I break these less pleasant tasks into crazy small tasks. For example, I might decide to look at just one file or organize one drawer. I might file ten pieces of paper and then go back to the couch. I find when I break tasks down super small, they feel easier to manage and guess what? They always get done eventually. I can get my task done AND spend time with my favourite book.

3. Find a way to enjoy it. It is true that you will do things you enjoy way more than things you dislike, so it’s best if you can find a way to enjoy everything you do. When I do start working on my taxes or large organizing projects, I crank up my favourite music, dance around a bit, get myself a super yummy drink and snack and dig in. Often by the time the first song is done I am deep in it, in my groove and ready to be mega productive again.

So there you have it; those are my three super quick tips. Now it’s time for me to head back to the comfy couch with my glass of wine.

About the Author

Heather WIlsonHeather E. Wilson is the founder and CEO of The Canadian Coach, a directory and membership platform designed to unite, support and promote Canadian coaches. She's a successful business coach, speaker, author (Your Life According to You!), warrior, change-maker, risk-taker, and adventurer all rolled into one dynamic package.