Does your weekly work schedule look somewhat similar to the following?
– Monday: Drive to work, fill up coffee cup, check emails, make calls, get more coffee…
– Tuesday: Drive to work, fill up coffee cup, check emails, make calls, get more coffee…
And so on until you retire…..
If you can relate, I’m here to tell you that you’ve become a routine-driven worker. Most employees go through their days in auto-drive, so consumed with their engrained schedules they fail to see how monotonous and uninspiring they’ve become. Since you’ll be working for the next bazillion years, take a chance and mix things up, you’ll likely be inspired by the opportunities that abound when you do.
Learn Something New
Don’t let yourself fall into the trap of having to do things a certain way at work. Those types of employees are dull and uninspiring. Rather, challenge yourself to try new things. Take a different approach with your sales pitch, use a more upbeat tone with customers or discover new things about your coworkers. Take a few minutes each day to browse inspiring online tools. The online world is filled with resources for enhancing your job performance. By continually challenging yourself to try new things, you’ll become more inspired in the workplace.
Take an Adventurous Lunch
No more microwaveable dinners in the break room pondering over the daily newspaper’s crossword puzzle. Lose your predictable work lunch routine by leaving the office and trying something new. Lunchtime adventures needn’t be extreme to be effective. Rather, go for a walk, read a book in a nearby park or get really crazy and go out to lunch with new coworkers.
Taking an adventurous lunch will help you view afternoons in the office in a new light. Rather than feeling anxious for the day to end, you’ll become more inspired to dive into new work projects. Embarking on lunch adventures can also beat the mid-afternoon slump when you may usually find your eyelids drifting closed while pretending to work.
If you typically tackle certain work projects in the morning and others in the afternoon, change up your routine by swapping your mornings for afternoons. You’ll likely begin seeing work from a fresh perspective, becoming inspired to try certain angles on morning projects you may not have considered in the late afternoon hours.
If you’re one of those mid-week workers who views Mondays and Fridays as extended days of the weekend made for slacking at work, change your perspective. Mondays are ideal for riding the weekend’s momentum and can easily become your most productive days. Fridays are perfect to accomplish something great at work, starting the weekend off on a high note.
Next week, mix things up. No, that doesn’t mean making a small switch to filling up your coffee cup after checking emails. Rather, make a big change. Be daring and try something new, you’ll likely be amazed by the results.