Don’t stay in a rut! Here are simple ways to make your day better!
I don’t know about you, but my days – especially this time of year – tend to endlessly run into each other. Our days are designed around routine – alarms go off at the same time every morning, carpools start at the same time, lunch break is set for a certain time, and so forth until bed time. Life and definitely work is structure and routine, and it is just as boring as it sounds. I love my job but even I can start to feel stifled which is why I’m sharing simple ways to make your day better.
We spend too much time focused on the never ending to do list. Stop! Breaking that habit now will make you a more productive and happier person. I like to start each morning with my planner, reviewing upcoming deadlines and expectations and choosing the few things that are most important to accomplish that day. I spend more time focused on those few things and actually getting them done, mostly because I’m less time stressed about needing to get everything done.
Being stuck in the same position all day is really hard on the body. I always know when I’ve been sitting in front of the computer too long because I feel my body get stiff – my neck gets tight, my back hurts, and my body has an overall ache. I feel physically better when I take breaks to move and stretch and more mentally aware, too.
Pump the Music
Music has a way of feeding our soul. Every time a song you love comes onto the radio or plays on a store radio, you have a reaction. If you are like me, you start tapping your foot or singing along at the top of your lungs. When I was commuting back and forth to work, it was an hour to myself to play sing loudly and unwind. I hated the traffic but I always felt happier. Now at home, I pump the music up for a sing-a-long or even a dance-a-long when I feel myself dragging. Try it. You will love it!
Keep a Gratitude Journal or a Happy List
It’s all about perspective. Staying focused on the positive will help you be positive, even on the worst days. I do this in my life planner because I like to be reminded of the good things often. You could do it on your planner, too, or on a dry erase board or a post it note. The method doesn’t really matter as long as you are focused on the good things you have in your life.
Take an Electronic Break
We are too often glued to our phones, TVs, computers, etc. Don’t think you are? Keep track for the next week and see how many hours you spend in front of a screen. Studies show this leads to overall inactiveness, headaches, and drowsiness to only name a few. Unplugging for breaks will improve your day. You will see! One of my biggest goals this year is unplug for at least an hour every day with my husband.
Connect with Someone
One of my ongoing goals since working at home is to talk to at least 1 other person every day (besides Bryan). I am not strict about this rule – sometimes it’s in person but it could also be over the phone or even on FB Messenger or texts. Having a connection with friends and family lifts my spirits for two main reasons: 1, it breaks up the monotony of work, and, 2, it makes me feel not so alone.
This might be the most important one of all for me! When I started working at home, I realized one big thing – eating at home day in and day out can be boring. I know it’s kind of nerdy, but food really does make things better. It can be a bit harder to spruce up lunch time, but snack time? Snack time should be fun, and it’s so easy to do with Emerald® Nuts.
I’ve always been a fan of snacking on nuts, but it just got way better with new Emerald Cashew flavors: Dill Pickle, Jalapeno, Sriracha and Salt & Pepper. My favorites are definitely the Salt & Pepper and Jalapeno while Bryan is obsessed with anything Sriracha! They come in resealable bags which is great for snacking at home, but they also come in two smaller sizes that are perfect for snacking on the go.