Tuesday, January 31, 2017

5 ways to slay Monotony at workplace

6:00 am – Waking up
6:15 am– Feeding the dogs, taking bath
7:00 am- Leaving for work, stuck in traffic jam
8:30 am to 6:00 pm – Work, work and work 
7:00 pm- Stuck in traffic jam 
8:00 pm – Watching same TV series
10:00 pm - Eating food for living
10:30 pm – Going to bed 
Saturday/Sunday – Shopping for groceries & Household tasks

If you are in your late thirties, then such daily schedule is enough to make you feel old and depressed. Where are the days when your life was fun? Are they gone? Surely not, life is a gift and it is meant to be fun and exciting even at 30, 40, 60 or 80. Enjoy your problems and hectic schedule with a series of happiness boosting activities that can help you fight monotony, especially at work. Even though your job is boring, you still need to do it. If you do the boring jobs with an eye to quality, your boss will notice you. If your work is shoddy and pathetic, you'd better believe your boss will notice that, too. Adjust your mindset. You can always find ways to improve your productivity.

Organize the tasks. A long, monotonous job goes along much easier if you divide it into smaller chunks. Not only does this give you the feeling of making progress, but it also prevents missing details. Before you consider your job is finished, get up, take a break, and get re-focused to check the final product.

Don't clutter your workspace with stuff you don't need. Once your work area is clear, gather supplies for the next phase of the job. Get a personalized object that makes you happier when you look at it. After all, your working space should help you improve productivity.

Get more involved in your work. Learn something new - a new program, a new subfield, or anything that gives you a brain thrill. Research a new idea that you can build on. So if you have some free time, make the most out of it by catching up with the latest news.

Take a break and do something engaging, something that makes you happy. You can fight monotony at work with a quick game break with your colleagues. The 15 minutes you spend playing can maximize the next couple of hours. Try sports and plan other tasks in a timed interval schedule. If you are feeling uncomfortable on your chair, get up and take a walk, talk to a friend or grab some coffee. Take a break once per hour and a half. Stand up, stretch, and clear your head so that you can get back to the task with fresher eyes.

Listen to music as you work. It decreases stress levels and can put you in a great mood. Agreed that it might have an impact on your productivity but where there’s a will, there’s a way. And having some fun at the office may boost productivity for everyone so it’s worth a try.

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