Work around your depression to become a productivity machine

Trying to be productive when you are depressed is like swimming uphill through molasses

It’s sluggish, ineffective and very confusing.

There are dozens of pages online offering tips on how to be productive when depressed.

Here are some things they say you should do:

  • Spend time with friends — But I don’t want to see anybody
  • Exercise and eat well — But I don’t want to evn get out of bed
  • Get a good night sleep — But I can’t fall asleep and I can’t wake up
  • Set aside time for self care — But I kinda hate myself right now
  • Focus on one thing at a time — But I can’t focus on anything at all

Looks like the people writing these tips are just looking for quick clicks and never had depression themselves.

Being unproductive is often the cause and the consequence of depression. Unfortunately this doesn’t get enough attention.

Let’s fix this.

Welcome to Wuju

I struggled with depression for 15 years and tried every productivity method under the sun with very little success. The techniques, while good for regular people, are useless for us.

Wuju is different. It’s built with depression in mind. With you in mind.

Here’s what it can do.

Lift your mental fog

Most people feel a kind of mental fog when they are depressed. You can’t focus, can’t think straight, maybe even can’t read or follow the plot of a movie. Your mind feels like cotton floating in tar.

Wuju can help with that.

I used to wake up every morning feeling tired, wired and foggy. These days I just start my day with Wuju and can get out of bed quickly – surprisingly clear and ready for the day.


Pierce your sense of worthlessness

Feeling worthless is one the worst things about depression. You’re depressed because you’re feeling worthless and then you’re worthless because you’re depressed. It’s an endless downward spiral.

Wuju can help with that.

This sense of failure, of inadequacy, of worthlessness, it used to happen to me all the time, you know? I didn’t believe at first that Wuju could help, it felt so real to me. But it does, it really does. One moment it’s there, and then poof – the worthlessness is gone and I feel myself again!


Free you from crippling fear of failure

Depression makes every challenge seem impossible. The fear of failure becomes so overwhelming that you freeze, unable to move. Instead, you keep thinking about it in never ending loops, digging yourself deeper and deeper into it.

Wuju can help with that.

I’ve been struggling with anxiety for a long time but now when I’m having some fear of failure, I reach for Wuju. And it just clears it all out, and it brings me back to my center and it brings back some focus and courage and I’m like, “OK now I can move forward.”


No need for discipline or daily habits

Sticking to positive habits is very hard when you’re struggling with depression. Using discipline to push yourself is even harder. Any app or technique that requires willpower typically fails really quickly.

Wuju doesn’t require discipline.

Wuju is quite different. It’s weird, every other app pummels you with reminders, incentives, and all sorts of bells and whistles to get you to stick with it. Wuju does no such thing. The first week I hardly used it, then week 2 I used it a couple of times. Now, over a month later, the habit is happening naturally, organically.


Lift the fog in 3 minutes

Who am I?

My name is Eli Finer (@finereli on Twitter).

I was diagnosed with depression about 15 years ago. I tried therapy (mostly ineffective), medication (nasty side effects), meditation (too slow) and every self help book I could lay my hands on (most are full of advice I couldn’t readily follow).

Slowly, over the years, I developed the Wuju method that allowed me to continue working, enjoy life and be there for my family while still occasionally experiencing depression.

I live with my wife and two kids in beautiful Nelson, BC, Canada.