How to Improve Your Weekly Routine
It’s easy to fall into a work week funk. When you work the same hours and do the same job every day, each day feels exactly like the last. If you are constantly working to meet your next deadline, it’s even harder to manage your stress and find joy in each day. Finding balance and staying positive during the work week is something most people struggle with, but we shouldn’t have to. Nobody should go through the week dreading going to work and waiting for the weekend to start. The following 5 suggestions will help you figure out what is making your week harder and will help you mix up your routine to get you out of your funk.
1. Know when you’re overworked
Before you can change your workweek routine, you need to figure out what is wrong. It’s important to listen to your body and know when you’re pushing yourself too hard. It will become obvious to you when you are working too much if you listen to the clear signals your body is giving you. These signals include difficulty focusing, a lack of interest in your work, an extreme change in appetite, and difficulty sleeping. Any other drastic changes in your daily performance may also be a sign that you need to take a break and change what you’re doing.
2. Stop working on your lunch break
Try to fight the urge to sacrifice your resting time in order to meet your upcoming deadlines. It may feel like it’s worth it in the moment, but in the long run it is not a good idea to skip your well-deserved break. Lunchtime is a great time to step away from your work and be mindful of how you’re feeling. Relaxing during your break will help you return to your work with a fresh mind and you will be more productive.
3. Meal prep healthy meals for the week
Taking the time to prepare a week’s worth of meals at the start of each week will help you feel less stressed throughout the week. You will save time each day by already having a meal prepared and you will be less likely to spend money on unhealthy fast-food. You may want to prepare a different meal every week so you don’t get bored of eating the same thing for lunch every day for an entire month. You can also cook and freezer dinners on Sundays so that it takes less time to cook dinner after work.
4. Set aside a few minutes in the morning
The way you choose to start your morning will affect how you feel for the rest of the day. Try setting your alarm earlier than usual so you can spend 10-30 minutes relaxing or meditating. It is also a good idea to avoid checking your phone as soon as you wake up and instead focus on doing something you enjoy, like going for a walk or cooking a special breakfast.
5. Workout 2-3 times a week
Make exercising a priority just as much as you make work one. Try to exercise at least 2-3 times a week as exercise helps relieve stress and increase your energy levels. Regularly exercising is important for your health and will help shake up your weekly routine, especially if you rotate which exercises you do.
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Whalen, Caroline. “5 Simple Ways to Shake Up Your Work Day.” Workforce Institute, https://workforceinstitute.org/5-simple-ways-to-shake-up-your-work-day/. Accessed 28 Dec. 2018.