Bored At Work? 6 Ways To Spice Up Your 9-5 Routine
Finally finding your stride at work can be exciting! You’ve completed the necessary training + are no longer the *new girl at the office*. But before you know it, the weeks are passing quickly, blurring together, + you’re stuck in a rut ++ not sure how to motivate yourself for the 9-to-5. We spend most of our time at work — why shouldn’t it be a good time? Outside of switching up your workout routine, check out our easy workday swaps to help reinvigorate your day-to-day life.
#1] COMMUTE TUNES
Do you find yourself listening to the same ol’ playlist over + over again on your way to work? It’s time to switch the station on your usual commute routine! We love podcasts + audio books, because they get jump start your mind, even before you get to the office. Not sure where to begin? There are podcasts on nearly every subject [seriously!] — + we recommend Mystery Show, TED Radio Hour, + The Moth [all available on the Podcast App on iTunes]. Most podcasts are free + you can find e-books + audio books at your local library via Overdrive.com.
#2] FORGET FACEBOOK
We’re all guilty of them — *Facebook breaks*. You need to take a breather + it’s SO easy to check your FB or IG. Then, before you know it, *it* has happened: you’ve been sucked into the social media void. Instead of rewarding yourself with a Facebook fix, find your inner nerd + transform your breaks into learning opportunities. TheSkimm is an awesome daily e-newsletter, bringing the latest updates straight to your inbox + it pairs perfectly with a cup of coffee + a mid-morning break! Continually educating yourself about our world, your industry, +//or your dream job shows that you’re not afraid to keep learning + become your best self. The CHAARG Blogi Team also loves reading Medium, Fast Company, + Mashable.
#3] SWITCH UP YOUR SEAT
It happened in college classes, too. We find ourselves sitting in the same seats — every. single. day. Your own desk or cubicle might help direct this habitual routine, but most companies won’t be upset with a little musical chairs. Especially if you’re working on a project requiring more creativity, a change of scenery can help you think outside of the box. Conference rooms, standing desks, + outside work spaces can help change up your work scene + boost productivity.
#4] *BETTER* MEETINGS
Who said meetings all have to be the same? Whether you’re leading your first team meeting or attending a weekly 1:1 with a boss or coworker, switch things up with a new location, time, or format. Walking meetings [yes, taking a walk + having a meeting at the same time!] help bring a new sense of energy + creativity to the task at hand. Taking your weekly touch base with your manager *outside of the office* can actually help you communicate more effectively on your progress + areas for improvement. For that next meeting, simply ask if you can meet over a cup of joe at the local coffee shop or take your coffee to-go for a walk around the block.
#5] BUT FIRST, COFFEE
It’s officially fall + you know what that means. The PSL [Pumpkin Spice Latte] is out, along with added sugar + ingredients we can’t pronounce. Bring it back to basics + swap the fancy Starbucks order for simple, black coffee. Can’t make that first leap? We suggest trying out non-dairy milk [soy, almond, or coconut] + simple syrups to get your sweet fix. Looking to swap out coffee altogether? We’ve got you’ve covered.
#6] ATTITUDE IS EVERYTHING
Work is… well, work. If you’re lucky enough to be living out your dream job, then, GO YOU : ) — but for many of us, our first job out of college may not be the most *glamorous* or exactly what we thought we would be doing. The attitude we bring to work is EVERYTHING — it affects our productivity, ability to create + come up with new ideas, + how others [our team members, bosses, etc.] perceive us. Whether it’s a Monday or it’s raining or you’ve spilled coffee on yourself *again*, swap your typical mood for one that radiates positivity. Own your Mondays, learn to look at challenges as opportunities for change + laugh at yourself [++ always keep a Tide To Go Pen at your desk ; )]. Take a few deep breaths after every stressful situation + remember why you are here.
+ Jessica [@jessicasmith_inchaarg] // VirtCHAARG NYC
+ Photography // Kaitlyn Bowman [@ka