Don’t you love celebrating a Happy Short Work Week with a long weekend? Til it’s over, that is. So if you had a touch of the sad sacks on Tuesday, follow some of these handy tips and inject a little perkiness into your daily grind to keep you motivated.
Unset your mindset
Some dude called Shawn Achor gave a TED talk one year where he explained that, “It’s not the reality that shapes us, but the lens through which your brain views the world that shapes your reality”. A steaming pile of mumbo jumbo? Well, maybe a little too hippy-happy, but he’s got a point.
Working harder won’t necessarily make us happier, but maintaining a high-five attitude amidst an 8-hour shit storm can help. Dopamine’s a powerful drug, man. But if it’s still not turning that frown upside down, dive face first into a triple espresso and a sugar-laden zonut and you’ll feel better in no time.
Turn up the tunes
Research has long lauded the power of music to lift moods and increase motivation. Some brainiacs swear by the Mozart Effect, others prefer ‘ambient tunes with repetitive undertones’ and earth lovers adhere to the soothing-sounds-of-the-rainforest mentality.
If all else fails, get your weird on and tune into an acoustic environment stimulator like Coffitivity, where you can de-stress to the ambient sounds of um, ‘coffee shop sounds’. Righto. Or just pump up your own tunes to ear-splitting volume. And sing along.
Do a runner
Or at least unshackle those desk chains for a bit. A brisk stroll round the traps can significantly boost energy levels. Go for a gym-quickie (slink out for an hour and then feign deadline sweatiness), share your lunch break with a co-worker (possibly the single hottie from level 3) or park it under a tree while you demolish a sanger.
The Pomodoro Technique is also an interesting strategy. You work for 25 minutes then take a five-minute break. Times that process by four, then take another 20 minutes to chillax. This 80’s time management tool (developed by an obvious scammer) is sure to have you wondering what all the bitching and moaning was about.
Embrace Feng what?
Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past 40 years (and that’s not an ideal work/life balance), you would have heard of the ancient Chinese principle of feng shui. For the sub-rock dwellers among us, it’s basically the ‘how-it-feels quality’ of a location.
To help with the inspirational motivation, have some shiny things about the place (travel photos, Keep Calm slogans … whatever), insist on an ergonomic chair (great fun post-beers on a Friday) and try and nag your way towards a window seat. That’ll surely up your productivity.
Stats show the longer the hours we work per week, the faster our productivity dies in the arse. So another school of thought embraces the Maxwell Curve. In essence, it’s about working 6-hour days, because these studies maintain that our ‘peak of productivity’ actually falls at just under 40 hours a week. After that, we’re toast, apparently. Happy days if your boss falls for it.
If not, just whistle your way through the week and balance it out with a ton of whatever you do for fun. And before you know it, it’ll be freaking Friday in no time.