Since we spend a great deal of time at work, it’s easy to get stuck in a rut. Relooking the way you work from time to time not only keeps things interesting, but can also help prevent a burnout.Marissa Vicario, a New York-based certified health and wellness coach, says: “If you aren’t at your best, the people you serve and the people who work for you can’t be at their best either.” In other words, you owe it to yourself and others to stay inspired and keep enjoying what you do.
Shifting your routines around and/or adopting new strategies can give you greater clarity, improved creativity and refreshed thinking.
Here are some routine shifts to try:
- Change your hours. Experiment with when you work. Go to the office early, so you can leave and enjoy more of the afternoon. If you can’t change your hours, run errands or pay bills early in the morning, so you can play after work.
- Work somewhere new. Change your surroundings. If you can work remotely, find a coffee shop (if you want stimulation) or a public library (if you want quiet). If you can’t work remotely, explore where you can work in different areas of your office. Perhaps your out-of-town colleague will loan you their corner office.
- Regulate your Facebook, Twitter and Instagram use. During your work hours, restrict your social media use to only work and business. The jealousy factor will continue to go off the charts if you keep living vicariously through others. Focus on being present with your colleagues and current work.
- Take regular (walk) breaks: If you’re faced with a tricky problem, taking a 5- or 10-minute break for a cup of tea or coffee will give your brain the rest it needs, so you can come back and see that problem in a new, solvable light. Even a 2-minute wander in the garden or to the local shop can help.
- Where possible, don’t look at your (work) email outside of work hours. Once your body has left work, then so should your brain. Personal email is fine, but make sure it goes to a different account than your work email.
- If you have your work email on your mobile phone, switch off the notification icon. If an email notification icon pops up, you’re going to see it and even if you don’t look at it, you’re going to wonder what it’s about. Don’t just hide the icons!
- If you have a home office, shut the door outside of office hours. It’s a no-go zone. If you wander in there, who knows what evils will catch your eye and send your brain back into work mode. Stay out of there! Seriously. Just stay out.
Mix it up a bit and you’ll be re-energised for the daily 9 to 5 before you know it!