The “lazy stoner” cliché might be, well, lazy, but it doesn’t come from nowhere; some people do struggle with smoking regularly and maintaining their productivity, whether it’s in work, hobbies or socially.
The good news is, there are ways to get better at it. First off, it’s about not only knowing weed, but knowing yourself. Some people ought to be in the Guinness World Records for the amount of things they can accomplish while high. Others smoke a little and decide to figure out how long they can stay in one place before bonding with the couch on a molecular level. If you’re closer to the latter than the former, then read on for a couple of tips on how to not let your enjoyment of a toke here and there get in the way of stuff that might be slightly more important.
Let’s get the most obvious one out of the way first; moderation. This is tougher than it sounds. Smoking weed is really fun, and at the end of the day we’re simple creatures. If we enjoy something, our instinct is to do it as much as possible. It won’t take long to figure out how much is too much when it comes to weed affecting your productivity. It might be half way down the joint, it might be your third hit. Regardless, once you’ve found that spot after which you tend to be more likely to crack a bag chips than pull up to your desk, try your best to abstain.
There’s also the simple matter of when to smoke. Now, there are plenty of people who can do their work high; some people might even say it makes their work better. This depends on the job and, even more so, on the person. If you can smoke and get your shit done, more power to you. Just know your limits.
If you’re someone who struggles to work while high but also struggles with the temptation to smoke before you’ve finished your tasks, it helps to enact a small mental shift. Try to stop seeing smoking as a habit that you can take part in anytime and more as an indulgence or reward that you have to earn.
There’s nothing that sucks more than smoking before completing an important task, realizing you’re too high to get it done, and wallowing in it. Maybe even smoking a little then because, well, why not. We’ve all been there. It’s the worst. On the flipside, there’s pretty much nothing better than a sweet, rewarding session after a job well done.
Finally, you should be mindful of what you smoke. We’d all love to smoke all the dankest nugs, all the time… but the strength of what you’re smoking obviously influences both how high you get and, it might follow, how productive you’re going to be after hitting it.
If you get hold of some real good stuff, maybe try sprinkling a little less in your bowl or your joint. Just know yourself; if something really seems way stronger than what you’re usually be toking up, fine-tune your smoking a little to fit your schedule and how you want to feel.
And there you go; we hope it’s helpful! It’s entirely possible for many of us to be both a smoker and a productive person who achieves things and gets things done. If you’re having trouble with it, a couple of these small psychological shifts might just help you out.
Good luck and happy smoking!