Work has been getting to me lately. The continuous routine of waking up at 5am, taking the dogs out and drinking the hundredth cup of coffee seems monotonous. I feel like my drive has been failing.
Do you know the feeling?
Doing the same routine every day, every week can get… boring. To say the least. It can start to drain your soul. And I absolutely hate that.
Because even if it’s a job you love, that wicked routine can just get to you. It can creep in and you feel like a robot. The same things over and over again can cause our brains to go numb. When we aren’t feeling very challenged, it’s hard to stay motivated.
If you feel stuck in a rut, maybe it’s time to change things up.
Create a new morning routine
Sit down with a pen and paper and draw up a new plan. Something that makes you want to jump out of bed in the morning! Too intense? Ok something that doesn’t make you want to throw your phone across the room once your alarm goes off.
If you don’t currently have a morning routine, consider trying one out! See what you can accomplish before you head into work.If you wake up with just enough time to get ready and head to work, you’re not giving yourself enough time to wake up. I know that some people work best this way, but taking even ten minutes to enjoy a cup of coffee or play with your dogs can help separate the mornings.
The benefits of a morning routine include:
- Being more successful
- Having more energy
- Feeling motivated more often (including working out!)
- Boost in productivity
I don’t like to associate my mornings with immediate work. I need at least thirty minutes to chill, because I am so not a morning person.
When you put in the effort (which doesn’t take much) to change up your morning routine, you are changing how your day effects you.
I would suggest switching up your routine every three weeks or so. It doesn’t have to be extreme, just something that gives you a little bit of excitement.
The easiest ways I change up my routine are by:
- Finding a new book at the library
- Making a new dance playlist on Spotify to wake up to
- Waking up twenty minutes earlier to go for a quick run around the block
Even one small change can help make your mornings more exciting.
Take hourly breaks while at work
This little tip really helps my productivity. There are moments where I am two blinks away from passing out at my desk.
That’s when I need to get up and go to the bathroom or walk around the building.
The way I like to look at it is I’ll either fall asleep at my desk for five minutes, or I’ll get my blood flowing. And while there isn’t any work getting done during that time, at least a quick break gives me enough energy to get through until the next one.
Also, it’s much better for your health to get up and walk around if you have a desk job. There is a lot of research about the side effects of sitting too long. Trust me, they aren’t pretty. And that’s enough to make myself get up every hour.
It might seem like you aren’t as productive if you take frequent breaks, but taking a moment to step away from the computer screen will actually improve your productivity. Our brains need consistent breaks from our crazy 8+ hour work days.
Have something after work to look forward to
Once you get off work, you probably want to go straight home and lay down on the couch. Or maybe do other things you’re obligated to do.
This is seriously the biggest mistake you’re making during the day. This is what creates a vicious cycle and makes you why work seems like such a burden.
I understand, we all want to relax after a long day at work! But, the way most people relax is by distracting themselves with something else. And while distractions are good, you should use the time right after work to your advantage.
Having energy right after work seems similar to finding a unicorn. And it’s always surprising how draining a desk job can be. But the reason you don’t have energy after work is because you’ve either been sitting all day or you’ve been on your feet all day.
Your body is tired of doing the thing it’s been doing all day. It needs a change of pace, something different. You just need to spice things up.
Do something from this list every day after work for a week. I challenge you.
- Use that new dance Spotify playlist to go for a 30 minute run
- Work on your favorite hobby for an hour with zero distractions
- Take a long bath. Make sure you have the top essentials (zen music, candles (lights off), calming aromas, bubble bath, epsom salt)
- Meditate for twenty minutes
- Go on a hike with your dog
- Have a movie night with your best friend/family
- Shut your phone off for the whole night
- Read five chapters of that book you haven’t read in weeks
Let me know how you feel after trying these steps!
Just remember that it’s incredibly easy to get wrapped up in a boring routine. It’s simple to lose ourselves in work and come home exhausted. We want to have more energy to do things, but work takes up so much of our time. This is where our mindsets need to change.
There is plenty of time after work to focus on taking care of yourself and doing things you enjoy. Isn’t that what our jobs are for anyways? To give us the income to do the things we want after work?
On an additional note, if you try these things and other tips from the internet and find that nothing is working, it might be time to find a new job.
There’s a big difference between being at a job you enjoy that sometimes leaves you burnt out, and being at a job you absolutely dread and makes you cry in your car during lunch.
So if you’re searching for ways to get through a job you hate, read this post. I will definitely be providing more posts about that in the future.