How to Refresh Your Workday
When you do the same thing every day, sometimes it can get a little monotonous, a little boring, and a little uninspiring. Luckily, there are ways that you can refresh your workday in order to make things a little bit more interesting.
This is something that I personally like to do every now and then because it really is a great way to feel like you’re starting fresh when you might even be doing the same thing.
I’ve come up with five ways to refresh your workday, and I hope that they help you get a better understanding of what works for you in your schedule!
1. Change up your routine
If you feel like your work schedule has become dull and you feel bored when you look at it, consider changing up your routine to give new life to your regular schedule.
If you work out in the morning, maybe switch it to night. If you normally wake up at eight, try waking up earlier. Do you have a 9-to-5 job? If you do, consider adding other ways to unwind and release some creativity before or after your job. If you’re self-employed like me, look for ways to change up your schedule so you’re not doing the same thing every day. Maybe focus on one subject matter on Mondays and change to another on Tuesdays. You get the point.
Changing up your routine can really help to make it feel like you have an entirely new workday (even if you’re doing the same thing!)
2. Incorporate a new task or event to your day
If you’ve ever felt like you never get to try something new, try scheduling out time for a new task or event every day or even every week. Maybe you’ve always wanted to pick up scrapbooking, or maybe you want to start going to the gym.
The possibilities for this are endless but the point of the matter is to create a new task or event you can do that makes it feel like your workday has something new and interesting to it.
If you feel like you don’t have the time to add something new, consider changing up the way that you already do something. Is there a task that you can rework so that you can accomplish it in a different way? For example, if you normally sit down from 9 to 12 to work on emails, business implementing, etc...what if you took your work elsewhere?
Adding new elements to your already existing events and tasks or another way to make it feel new without actually having to add anything to your already busy schedule.
3. Break up your day with exercise or time to relax
No one should be going going going every hour of every day. We need time to break. One of the best ways that I found to do this is by scheduling it in so you know that you can still accomplish all your work and also get a break in between at the same time.
What you do with this break time is up to you. I suggest maybe trying to get up and walk around, work on some meditation, read a good book, or even call a friend. The point is to not focus on work for your break: however you want to do this is up to you at the end of the day.
Breaking up your schedule could help to refresh your workday because it allows you to add elements of your own personal life, passions, and experiences into your everyday schedule. Instead of feeling overwhelmed the whole day, you give yourself the option to unwind for a brief period of time.
4. Look into your sleep schedule
If you’re tired every day and can’t seem to beat it, take a good look at your sleep schedule and the quality of sleep that you’re getting. Refreshing your workday doesn’t always involve changing up what happens when you’re awake – sometimes it has to do with what happens when you’re asleep.
By giving yourself enough sleep every night, you allow your workday to feel more refreshed because you begin to look at it in a different light. Instead of dreading work or feeling lazy, you grow to have new energy towards your workday because you’re actually getting to sleep your body needs. Everyone’s sleep schedule is going to be different, but I would suggest that you would look into the quality of sleep that you’re getting more than anything else.
What happens sometimes is that people think that they’re getting enough sleep but the reality of it is that they’re sleeping but not at a quality that allows them to feel truly rested. Looking at the long-term effects of improving your sleep schedule, it will surely refresh your workday by giving you the ability to perform your best.
5. Establish a strong morning routine
Just like with sleep, you have to remember that refreshing your workday doesn’t always involve what you do when you’re at work. It also has to do with how you prep yourself to go into the day. Before you start your actual, refreshed workday, you need to establish a morning routine that works for you.
This is going to be essential to set up your day for success as opposed to rushing out the door last minute and starting your workday off already dreading it. The idea behind refreshing your workday is not only change up what you do and how you do it, but also to incorporate ways to change your workday before it begins. Figure out what time works best for you to wake up and what tasks you are able to get done before your day kicks off.
Creating this into a routine that you’re able to perform every day is going to give you a consistent start to your workday, allowing the day itself to feel refreshed instead of dreary.
Overall, I’m sure I made it clear that the idea of refreshing your workday doesn’t always mean you need to change your entire schedule and everything about the way that you currently operate.
If you truly want to refresh your workday, you need to look at what works and what doesn’t. If something doesn’t work, don’t be afraid to change it. If something does work but it feels boring, find a way to take it out of your comfort zone and switch it up a bit. Going out to do work, rearranging the time period in which you do certain work, and even adjusting your sleep schedule are all ways that you can refresh your workday and feel like your life is more on track with the pace that you want.
Remember, refreshing your workday should be a way for you to create a schedule that allows you to perform at your greatest ability.
I’ll talk to you all next week, and don’t forget to tune in to this week’s podcast on House Hour on Spotify for more in-depth reach into how to refresh your workday, tips on time blocking your day, and also a market recap for the month of July!