I think we would all love to do away with those days when we get up and we just don’t want to work. It happens to everyone at some point, and learning to get through and overcome those feelings can be so hard. Recently I’ve been discovering some things that act as a pick-me-up when I’m in that rut, and I thought I would share!
1. Drink coffee. Or tea. Or whatever floats your boat (and has caffeine. ;) ) Even doing something as simple as having a healthy beverage helps get me comfortable and ready for the day ahead. One of my favorite things to make besides coffee is a tea latte – brew about a quarter cup of your fav tea (mine’s chamomile), stir in some honey, and then foam your milk and pour it in!
2. Listen to music. This is probably my most important staple. I know that for some people they can’t work while listening to music, but for me it’s the other way around! Once I hear music playing while I’m at my desk it’s so much easier to get into “the zone.” I’m currently listening to a station I created on Pandora that’s chock-full of Hans Zimmer, James Horner, Danny Elfman, Steve Jablonsky, and John Williams…it’s perfection.
3. Don’t start working until you’re fully awake and prepared. I’ve found that I do horrible work when I’m half-awake and not fully there. I will never start work until I’ve showered, had breakfast and my quiet time, and have dealt with my other home responsibilities. It’s helpful to have some time to ease into the day.
4. Set goals. This is especially helpful on the extra-hard days. Sometimes when I’m having a rough time getting into my work I’ll set goals for myself – if I finish one certain task, I can take a break and watch a YouTube video, or finish all my emailing at the end of the day and play a game, and so on.
5. Don’t work on your days off. This is a big one. I’ve come to value my Saturdays and Sundays even more than I used to – because they’re the two days when I just stop. I try to make it a rule to not email or work on those days – if I get online I do it for fun! What’s so nice is that after having two completely free days, I feel that much more ready to dive into the week’s work.
What are your favorite ways to jump-start your work day?