Anti-cannabis propaganda created this stoner stereotype to make us seem lazy, couch-locked, and unmotivated. But what they won’t tell you is that most marijuana strains will not make you unproductive. Instead, weed can be a helpful aid in accomplishing tasks and staying on top of your game.
Today, society's attitude towards marijuana is changing as more people make the consumption of cannabis part of their routine. Despite this, being a functional member of society while stoned still comes with its challenges. Luckily, the Ooze crew is full of productive stoners who know how to get high and get things done. Here is our foolproof guide for how to be a productive pothead that is guaranteed to set you up for success!
1. Stay Organized
It is important to stay well organized when you smoke regularly and want to be productive. First, figure out what your most urgent tasks are and make them a priority. Creating a to-do list is a fantastic way to stay focused and use your time wisely. Make a list of the short and long-term tasks you want to accomplish and give yourself reasonable deadlines. Prioritize this list by what is most pressing and the duration each task should take. Then, you can check off each completed item and feel super satisfied with your progress. When you achieve the goals you set for yourself, you boost your confidence and motivation, which leads to higher productivity!
2. Determine Your Tolerance
The weed on the market has never been stronger and everyone has a different tolerance. Determine what yours is and be aware of the strength of your cannabis. If you know that facing a blunt first thing in the morning might slow you down, try to pack a bowl instead. Just like with drinking, it is always better to coast! This will allow you to have a steady high while performing your daily activities efficiently.
3. Choose Your Strain Wisely
Having the right strain for every occasion is critical if you want to be on your A-game. Sativa and Indica are the two major strain categories, but they are often combined. There are thousands of hybrid variations to choose from which means there is something to meet every occasion.
When you need an energetic and uplifting high, it is important to stick to Sativa-dominant strains that will boost your focus and creativity. Indica-dominant strains are meant to relieve stress, help users sleep, or serve as a painkiller, and would be better to consume at the end of the day when you have completed your tasks and are ready to unwind.
If you aren’t sure what to use, try a Sativa with a high CBD content for your daytime consumption. This will keep you feeling great without the fear of getting sluggish mid-day.
4. Set Realistic Goals
Demotivation can occur when you feel overloaded. Set realistic yet achievable goals. Try to find that perfect balance between challenging yourself and setting your expectations too high. No one is perfect and nothing good will come from beating yourself up!
5. Diet & Exercise
If you are consuming cannabis daily, it’s crucial to make sure you are maintaining a balanced diet and exercising regularly. Weed can make you feel exhausted. However, when mixed with exercise cannabis can speed up your metabolism and keep you alert and active. We suggest trying to hit the gym, starting yoga, or taking a nice bike ride to get you in the right headspace to achieve your goals!
6. Don’t Stop Moving
If you are high and struggling to stay focused, try to avoid sedentary activities or anything that will lead to you melting into your couch. Tasks that require movement like going grocery shopping or taking a trip to the post office are great monotonous tasks that can be accomplished even when you are super high. A huge killer of productivity is lost momentum. It takes less energy to begin and complete a task if you are already moving!
7. Stick to Healthy Snacks
As fun and alluring as it might sound, it's important not to consume a heavy meal after smoking because it can slow you down. You might be craving foods high in oil and carbs like fast food, but these foods can even make sober people less productive. Try to stick to lighter snacks that will help with creating natural energy like fruit, veggies, smoothies, and dark chocolate.
8. Pace Yourself
Setting the proper pace in all your activities will result in productivity. Too slow of a pace will feel like your tasks take forever, too quick and you risk work that is sloppy and riddled with mistakes. If you are going to smoke while you work on your tasks, ensure you are doing things at a reasonable pace.
9. No Sabotage
Provide yourself with the proper environment to foster the right frame of mind for a productive day. Working while in bed isn’t always conducive and working in lazy clothes might make for lazy work. Try to remove all distractions from your work area, put on a motivating outfit, and get stuff done!
10. Don’t Make Excuses
You can be a cannabis user and still be productive. Don’t use being high as an excuse, otherwise, you let the “lazy stoner” stereotype win. Unless you’re consuming cannabis strictly for medicinal purposes, marijuana is a privilege. Weed is meant to be used to enhance your life and you can be a regular consumer while still achieving your goals.
So there you have it, a list of everything you need to do to smoke weed and be successful. Now, all you need to do is unleash that inner stoner motivation and prove the stereotypes wrong!