Stay Productive, Even if You Haven’t Slept

Stay Productive, Even if You Haven’t Slept


Had to stay up extra late to finish those assignments? Or was it an Emergency? Or maybe you just felt like it? It’s depressing when you go to sleep knowing that you only have a couple hours of rest before you get back on your daily routine, but we’re here to help you out. Here’s some tips so you can struggle through that long and heavy day without collapsing:


  • Distraction: This may sound counterproductive, but if you take a few minutes to just watch a YouTube video from one of your subscriptions, read an article from your favorite blogs (like Dough.Money, right?), or just draw a picture, you’re more likely to reactivate your brain and get it to work despite exhaustion. Just make sure you take a few minutes only.
  • Excercise: If there’s any part of your work you can do while jogging, do it that way. A little physical exercise will get you a long way during heavy and dull days, take a walk, do some push-ups or sit-ups and feel all that oxygen fueling you.
  • Re-organize: Let’s say you’re not ready to take on everything you have for the day, but, if possible, do just the urgent tasks, and re-organize your work so you can complete it when you’re better rested. This is a type of hack that won’t really help you if you do it every day, only do it if you’re too tired.
  • Have a Snack: A little bite of something should keep you up, be it sugary or salty. Not only are you fueling your body with nutrients, but you’re also activating your digestive system and the muscles in your jaw. Don’t eat a full meal while at  work, you’ll lose time and most likely, it will make you even sleepier. Also, chewing gum is great and will keep you concentrated during your day.
  • Sleep!: Take a nap, for God’s sake. 20-30 minutes of shut-eye during work hours can give you that extra boost you need to get through the rest of your day, take precautions by setting an alarm that is hard to reach to deactivate. Oh, and make sure you don’t get caught doing it, unless you’re in Japan, it’s allowed over there.
  • Music: Working while listening to your favorite tunes can work some wonders, even some whistling may do the trick! If you’re extra sleepy, turn the volume up on the headphones and try to listen to some lavish, upbeat music, of course, depending on what your taste is.
  • Multi-Task: Having different tasks can help you stay up if you take advantage of it. When you’re feeling the sleepiness coming by, switch to another task, it should keep you up to speed and it’ll help you achieve many things at the same time.


It’s important to have in mind that having a well-scheduled work routines includes considering an appropriate 7-8 hours of sleep each night, and if you plan ahead, nothing should interfere with that unless it’s a totally inevitable case. Stay awake!

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