We all have those mornings/days when our working week isn’t going to plan. It could be that you haven’t completed some important stuff on your ‘to do’ list and that you feel behind, or you may have some issues in your personal life which makes it difficult to concentrate at work. Whatever the myriad of reasons are that you feel you’re off track in your working week – here are 8 ways to get you back on track, and feeling better, so by the weekend you’ll feel like you’ve really turned things around.
Have a chat to a friend or colleague about what’s troubling you – chances are, they’ll be able to offer some advice and give you a different perspective on things.
When things seem to be going ‘wrong’ it really helps to pause and reflect on all the things that you are grateful for. This can be difficult to do, sometimes, the last thing you want to think about is all the stuff you’re grateful for, if you’ve just had a disagreement with your partner or the kids are driving you around the bend….(the list goes on). But numerous studies show that gratitude increases your sense of well being and mental and physical health. Don’t forget to take stock of the ‘small’ things – it could be that you’re grateful for the amazing cup of coffee you’ve just bought, or the kiss of the sun on your face after months of cold weather. I find writing 3 things that I’m grateful for regularly really helps me.
In the busyness of everyday life, sometimes we forget about the most important thing – our breath. If you’re feeling stressed, take some time to breathe in for four and out for four, for as many times as you can until you feel a tad better. Your mind may race with random thoughts – but that’s OK, observe your thoughts, without judgement and as quickly as they come; easily let your thoughts go.
4. Get moving!
If you have time and are able to exercise, there’s plenty of quick and easy ways to fit in some exercise into your working week without going to the gym. It could be climbing the stairs instead of using the lift, getting off the bus a stop early and walking, going for a power walk after work, or working out to a fitness DVD in the comfort of your own living room.
5. Eat that frog!
I’ll let Mark Twain explain:
“Eat a live frog first thing in the morning and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day.” Mark Twain
Please don’t take this literally 😉 The idea is, if you tackle the thing on your to do list that is the most difficult or the important task that you’ve been procrastinating over – you’ll feel like an absolute ninja for the rest of the day.
6. Get up a bit earlier
I know – you’re probably thinking, I get up early enough thank you. In my case, I hit the snooze button at least 4 times each morning before getting up. From next week, however, I’m going to make a more concerted effort to get up at the sound of my first alarm. Heck, one morning I might even set my alarm a bit earlier than usual if I’m feeling adventurous and use the extra time to have a nice breakfast, rather than rushing out the door whilst chewing on a cereal bar.
7. Schedule in some ‘you’ time.
It could be locking yourself in the bathroom to have a lovely hot bath, reading the book you’ve been meaning to read for the past 3 months or watching some Netflix. Whatever it is – this is your down time to unwind, switch off and chill.
8. Ask for help
If you’re struggling with a task at work, or you think you’d benefit from a colleagues perspective/advice – ask! You’ll be surprised at how willing people are to offer their expertise and knowledge and help you.
What do you find helps you to get back on track during the week?