Do you find yourself occasionally falling into a slump, feeling as if you'd rather do just about anything in the world other than work? If yes, then I can relate. And for the past 12 months, I've recognized this impending threat of "the slump" and have been working to find ways to keep it at bay. As a result, I've cooked up a list containing a few of my favourite tricks for boosting energy, focus and productivity on days when you'd rather just go to bed. From motivational music to a simple change of scenery, these tricks work...
Music, baby! Music is always the best medicine for me. And I'm perfectly okay with chair dancing! Favourite chair dancing playlist? Hmm. Top favs (and yes, they will probably date me) would have to be:
Morning Yoga. This is new (like just a few weeks in) for me but I'm amazed at how awesome it feels to stretch and strengthen first thing in the morning. Depending on the day, I choose either a Gentle Morning Yoga (20 min video) or an Energizing Morning Sequence (24 min video) from my fav online Yoga teacher, Adriene. Definitely preps me for a long day. I try to do some yoga stretches here and there throughout the day to help combat the strain on my back from sitting at a desk (yuk) all day.
A short burst of exercise! If I wake up early enough and get a coffee into me pretty much right away (and therefore don't want to kill everyone around me), I find that jumping on the elliptical for 20 minutes to the tunes of The Drop-A-Beat Workout on Songza is the best way to start the day! NOTE: I only do this if I've gone to bed at a reasonable time the night before.
Change of scenery. Sometimes I work at my kitchen table. Sometimes at my desk on main floor. Sometimes in my upstairs mini-office with a view of the neighbourhoods below us (our house is on a bit of a hill). A change of scenery helps so much. This is particularly great for people with creative jobs.
Cleaning my work space or organizing my paperwork. I'm not crazy about cleaning but I can admit that a messy work space can mess with my head. I tend to let it build until I snap. And yes, I also have favourite tunes for this task. See above. lol
Organize my To Do list. I found that if I don't have an organized list of tasks to accomplish, I just become overwhelmed and get nowhere super-fast.
"Photo safaris" - but that might just be me: I love photography, so when I'm really feeling the need to feed my creativity, a photo safari can almost always do it! If you love taking pictures, this might be right up your alley as well. A photo safari means just grabbing my camera (I use a Nikon D90 or a D800 and a 24-70 f2.8 lens) and heading outside to take a walk and photograph the outdoors, whether its nature or architecture. Whatever floats your boat. Photo safaris are even more fun when the weather has thrown us a curve ball such as cool, early morning Fall fog or incredible snowy scenes like we just had a few weeks ago. I think anyone should use whatever camera they have. iPhones are particularly great if you don't have a pro cam.
Coffee = self-explanatory.
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