Every day is exactly the same. And it’s not just the quarantine that’s causing the monotony, it’s your job. Yes, you are in a total work rut, and this is made worse by the fact that you are still working from home. Every morning you sign up with the same pajama pants you’ve been wearing for two (OK, at least three) days and go through your to-do list on autopilot. Rinse and repeat. You do the same thing every day of the week. You can’t wait to get out of it, but sadly much of the advice you’ve read doesn’t seem realistic in the COVID-19 era. You know things are tight in your business, so now is not the time to ask for a promotion or a raise. Traveling is always a nightmare, so you can’t rejuvenate yourself with a vacation.
A lady teacher who is neck deep in work, not teaching from home but in “housework” complains, “The husband and the kids want four meals a day including the tea time snacks!” Adding wistfully, “At this rate, I will need a vacation by the time this lockdown ends.”In reality, she knows, she will have to be “back at work” with overloaded teaching schedules, once schools reopen.
And what about the “Worker” woman who also does the WFH during this period of blockage? She must transform overnight into a multi-tasking superwoman. Complete the baking, cleaning, and washing routine on your own before she logs into work. With his faithful allies, the servant helps, not in the image, the otherwise “regular” working day becomes a double danger. While she was one of the few to have real partners, sharing the workload, the lockdown seems like a “different” experience, not a relentless nightmare.
Treat yourself to a new vision
If you’ve had enough of staring at the same four walls in your house or apartment (uh … aren’t we all?), Let me remind you how much a change of scenery can boost your focus and morale. . It’s because our brains love novelty. Working in a new environment can give you much needed motivation. I know what you’re going to say, “But I can’t really go anywhere!” How could I change environment? ” Here’s the good news: you don’t have to go far. Try to rearrange the furniture in your home or office. Or, work from your kitchen table for the day rather than your couch. Sit on your terrace or balcony. Even adding a new art or plant to your desk can help you spruce up your landscape. These seemingly minor changes can have a remarkably big impact on your attitude.
Change your proven routine
Likewise, if you feel like you’re stuck in a rut, I’m willing to bet your work routine is pretty outdated. You have pressed the “Repeat” button every working day for the past few months. It’s time to shake things up a bit. Now that you are working from home, you have more flexibility than ever before. So why don’t you take advantage of it? Try to exercise during your lunch break. Block Wednesday as a non-meeting day where you can focus on your more important projects. Or, experiment with a time management method like the Pomodoro Technique to see if it makes you feel more productive and excited about your job responsibilities. Your rut will only get worse if you keep doing the exact same thing day after day. Regularly experiment with certain changes to your routine to help you feel a little fresher.
Let’s face it: most of us have lost track of time already. And, being stuck in a rut at work only makes it feel like every day is more of the same old, same old. You may have fewer career options than you usually do (raises and promotions aren’t easy to find as many companies have tightened their belts), but that doesn’t mean you have to be happy with every step of the way. working day feeling like a carbon copy of the one before it.