Whenever I’m feeling drained, sick, or otherwise low on energy I don’t just use energy as a filter for the tasks I’m going to work on. I also use my criteria for an MVP Day as a way to get the right things done.
An MVP Day is a day where you focus on what you need to do to achieve minimum viable productivity for the day. Those tasks are usually 3 to 5 items that if you get done you’ll feel somewhat productive.
I have 5 types of tasks, which spell the word WAVES:
If I do all 5 of those tasks, then I’ve hit my target for my minimum viable productive day.
Maybe give setting up criteria for your own MVP Day a try. It’ll give you a productivity benchmark to shoot for every single day, no matter what the day throws at you.