A couple of weeks ago, I posted on Instagram about having a rough work week, and I got tons of comments from women who are currently feeling the same way. Maybe it’s the change of weather or the start of the busy holiday season, but it seems like there’s plenty of us feeling the work week “blues.” I usually thrive in my professional capacity, so feeling a bit off my game has been throwing me for a loop. So much so that I’ve been determined to hit the reset button before a couple of rough work weeks spirals into bad work months!
Readjust: First things first, I’ve changed my work schedule to give myself more time in the mornings since I noticed that’s where I’ve been the most sluggish. Before my new schedule, I was required to start working at 6:00 AM, which means I was rolling out the bed and logging onto my computer within 15 minutes of being awake. Now that I’m able to start a couple of hours later, it gives me plenty of time to have breakfast, spend some intentional time with God, and meditate over a great cup of coffee! If this is something that you have the option of doing, I highly suggest you try it out. Do some experimenting with your schedule to find what YOU and not your boss thinks works best!
Focus & Prioritize: I work from home, so there is no commute for me. However, the revamp of my morning routine has me in a much more positive space when I log on to my computer. Once I’m there, I give my work tasks my undivided attention. That’s right! I’ve cut out the YouTube videos and Netflix binges that I usually have going in the background. Now I keep my phone across my office where I have it playing a podcast, smooth jazz, or some 90s/2000 R&B! I know it’s tough to avoid altogether picking up your phone, so I allow myself a couple of breaks, once in the morning, during lunch, and once in the afternoon to make sure I haven’t missed anything important.
Healthier Work Habits: If you’re also an office worker like myself, I can almost guarantee that you are guilty of terrible work habits! Not taking breaks, working through your lunch, snacking on junk food, you name it; I’ve done it, and I’m sure you have to. No wonder we have a rough work week!
So how about from here on out we change that up? The weather in Atlanta is breathtakingly beautiful at this time of year, so I’ve been keeping my window open and letting that rejuvenating sunshine come through. If your office doesn’t have a window, that’s even more incentive to get up and go outside and take a walk, even if just for a couple of minute breaks. I’ve been trying to eliminate snacking in general, but if I must eat something or need a sugar fix, I grab fruit in front of that snickers bar! And finally, leave work on time, so that you can get started with one of the most critical aspects of the day;
Your Evening Routine: We often hear how important a great morning routine is, but I’d argue how you spend your evenings are equally as important! So, fill it with things that allow you to decompress and bring some peace and happiness. I mean, is that so hard to do? Recently, I renewed my Orange Theory membership and have also started learning how to swim! Both are great workouts that allow me to zone out and release any work stress from the day. I stopped looking at cooking in the evening as something I dread and have started to enjoy this task! So much so, I’ve committed to learning how to cook at least one new dish each week! I know my husband appreciates this, and we enjoy relaxing over dinner and talking about our day! It brings peace and happiness that I mentioned!
When it comes down to it, a rough work week happens every once in a while. It’s what we do in those moments that allow for it to be a temporary problem versus something that drags on until your that disgruntle employee that everyone wants to avoid! I didn’t do anything magical; however, these tips have helped me to reset my mood and my motivation towards my job which in turn has allowed for more productive weeks. And as we wind down this year I can’t think of a more appropriate thing to do!