I know, we’re in the final few weeks until the end of the year and holidays are all around us, but that doesn’t mean work doesn’t continue. In fact, if you’re in products this might be the busiest time of year, even if you’re not that excited.
If you’re sitting at your computer or reading this on your phone and trying to get motivated to do a little work then I’ve got 5 ways for you to get your groove back. Easily.
Tip #1 Brush Your Teeth
Yep, go to the bathroom right now and brush your teeth. Bonus points for flossing but you can also swish with some mouth wash. If you work outside the home then bring a travel brush and some paste to the office tomorrow.
Your mouth will feel like a million bucks AND it might just wake you up.
Tip #2 Move
You don’t need an hour break to clean your home or office, simply a 10 minute movement break can do the trick. Start with throwing away any trash in your line of sight, take out the trash and recycling and reline those trash cans.
Go check the mailbox for letters, return dirty dishes to the kitchen or put away 10 items in 10 minutes. Don’t sit down and file your 3 year backlog of paperwork or start scrubbing the floors, just a 10 minute break to get the blood flowing again.
Tip #3 Meditate
If you’re feeling overwhelmed and exhausted then you might need a little pick me up. I love SoulSeconds.com for quick meditations and the mobile experience is amazing. Here are a few of my favorites:
Clear Your Fear – http://soulseconds.com/clear-your-fear
Prosperity and Abundance – http://soulseconds.com/prosperity-abundance-alignment
Pay Attention to Signs – http://soulseconds.com/soulshot/pay-attention-to-signs
Tip #4 Engage your senses
Okay, this one might not be feasible if you’re in an open office but grab some headphones if you must and queue up a playlist. I recommend the “epic soundtrack compilations” on YouTube but you can also search for video game music which is designed to keep listeners engaged through hours of game play.
In addition to what you can hear, consider lighting some incense or a candle to get your office smelling awesome, chew some gum or eat a mint for bold taste and use one of those 10 minute clean up sessions to remove visible clutter so it’s not distracting you.
Basically: make your office environment a place you WANT to work.
Tip #5 Self-care in 6 minutes
Most people think of self-care as a day at the spa, an hour-long massage or going out to see a movie in the middle of the day. But you can incorporate self-care rituals all day long. Here are some of my favorite ways to perform self-care in just a few minutes:
-Take a bathroom break and, after washing your hands, use some nice lotion to rehydrate your skin and rub away the soreness that comes from hours of computer work.
-Pour yourself a glass of water to keep hydrated while you work, add some lemon, cucumber or fruit to change it up.
-Work through a series of stretches, moving your body to stretch out tired muscles, especially if you sit most of the day.
-Set a timer on your phone and close your eyes, letting your mind wander to anything or nothing as you relax.
-Take off your shoes and stretch your ankles, rotating them for a few minutes.
-Re-apply a little perfume or your cologne midday OR, if you go for a workout, use more deodorant after changing out of those workout clothes.
-Minimize all your windows and computer applications and just enjoy your computer desktop image. If it’s cluttered with icons then move those into folders and find a beautiful and inspiring picture for your backdrop.
-Use the good chapstick to keep your lips from becoming chapped and dry. Come on, I know you have a dozen of those floating around, stick one in your desk drawer!
-Remove your glasses and rest your eyes. Open a window, turn on a lamp or adjust your lighting to make sure you’re not straining your eyes.
-Take a couple of minutes to tidy up your nails with a clipper or nail file if needed but please, for the sake of us all, do this in the bathroom and clean up afterward.
How can you incorporate a change in your work day to get your groove back, practice self-care and stay focused when work feels tedious and exhausting?
Share in the comments below, I would love to hear from you!