Spring Clean your Time-Blocks
We get it, hard work eventually pays off. That means dedication, long strenuous hours, little sleep and limited time with loved ones. If this sounds like you, then you’re acutely aware there are only so many hours in a day—and maybe those days begin to feel like one long day that just keeps going. It could be you’re getting a lot done too…generally that’s the idea, right? But, if visionaries don’t give themselves time to regenerate (and we don’t just mean sleep here), then a sort of uneasiness begins to emerge from the tasks they so love and adore. When that happens, it’s time to “change it up.” Yeah, it seems too good to be true, but in this case (‘woo-hoo’) it isn’t! It’s easy to miss the obvious answers to the work-life-balance, simply because we get lost in the ideology of the “no pain, no gain” rule. But, it’s really just a guideline…that does tend to get a bit hazy from time to time. So…
Here are some tips for a more enriching and productive work experience
- Schedule in fun time…during the week. This might sound counterproductive, but planning a long lunch at the park intermittently (1-2 hours) with friends or co-workers does wonders for task management decisions.
- Set up a reward system for tasks that feel a bit daunting. Hey, there’s no guilt in bribing yourself, right? Just make sure the rewards are unique and worth it, like ordering an extravagant dessert to go, going to a spa, or maybe going to some live entertainment.
- Re-do your office or re-do your hair and wardrobe. Maybe it sounds cliche to you, BUT these things actually work—because we do better when we are at our best!
- Consider totally changing your working hours. Try it for a week or two—for instance, some people just tend to have more creativity in the evenings.
- Pay the extra money to bring in a project management expert who can genuinely give you sound, helpful and constructive work advice.
- Ride your bike to work in a week of beautiful weather and sleep better at night. Feel good about saving all that dough, and enjoy the benefits of increased relaxation and clear-mindedness before work.
- Take a mini vacation, and set up at a beautiful lodge or affordable hotel for a few days. Make sure there’s a good view of all the scenery that surrounds you. When break time comes, you’ll have a 360 degree stroll space to choose from.
- Do you like animals? Bring in a new mood to the office with a bit of feline fun. Or, rescue an old dog who would be grateful for some added company. (Just remember that there’s a lot of responsibility with pets too.)
- Do you play an instrument? Bring it to work with you. Music moves the soul, and inspires imagination. You can always walk to a nearby park for a bit of added nature therapy too.
- Set up a specific playing list for working hours; you’d be surprised at the motivation you’ll feel when your favorite songs are playing in the background.
~Ultimately, staying on schedule is a good thing, but as the saying goes, “it’s a double edged sword.” We have to remember that with solid schedules, there’s always a level of stagnation that comes into play. A little tweaking now and then should be enough to keep the wheels a-turning.