Life provides an interesting dose of crazy at any given time whether you’re juggling a job, family life, a global pandemic or a business. This certainly has proven to be the case in my life as each day goes on. It’s easy to get side tracked and unmotivated, here are 5 mood and productivity boosts for when you’re in a funk.
Let’s start here: Hear the birds?
I get up an hour to two before the kids so I can mentally prepare for my day ahead. This includes things like reading, meditating or scrolling my phone for a bit. I especially love sipping on my coffee while the rest of the house is dark. Then I start working before they’re up. Some of my best work gets done before breakfast. This me time is so important for my mental health.
Not a morning person? Neither am I, in fact I may be a totally different person before 8am. I’ve learned that my days go much smoother and are so much more productive if I get up earlier and check some items off my to do list. Then I can show up fully and be present and ready for my kids by the time they wake up.
Try waking up a half hour early if you’re intimidated by the early morning alarm clock. Drink a full glass of water to hydrate and get your mind functioning after sleeping all night. Then, if it works for you, try another half hour earlier! This tactic has worked wonders for my mood and productivity boosts.
Mood and productivity boost 2: Splurge a little
I’m just going to say it. Sometimes you just need the $6 Starbucks to get your day going. Don’t be so hard on yourself all the time. If you’re craving a change up or something a little extra sweet in your day, go grab a Starbucks and savor every sip. My drink of choice is a grande half caff caramel mocha with oat milk and no whipped cream (TRY THIS, IT’S AMAZING!)
I also splurge on pretty planners, pens and notebooks. I’m more enticed to get everything done on my to do list if I can use good looking tools to do it. I like a desk calendar, notebook, bold tipped pens and a planner. One of my favorite brands is Sugar Paper, which you can purchase at Target.
Mood and productivity boost 3: Turn it up
One of the best ways to deal with being in a funk is to get active with some music. Walk to work or have a long walk into work from the car? Working from home and need a break from your work space? Put those AirPods in and crank up whatever music clears your mind.
I’ll often take mid-day walks which are some of my favorite moments in the work day. It’s like a soundtrack for your own personal pep rally – great way to get out of a funk and boost some productivity! I’m obsessed with Apple’s AirPods for the walk. No matter what, breaking your day up like this is a great way to clear your mind for whatever comes next.
Mood and productivity boost 4: Break it up
Let’s take the last tip a bit further. Sit at a desk all day? Even if you don’t, get up at least twice a day for a break. Walk the floors of your building or your neighborhood depending on where you’re at.
Your productivity increases if you allow yourself a few breaks here and there. It actually decreases if don’t take breaks. I don’t time these out, I just go when I want to think outside the box about something I’m working on without staring at a computer. At a minimum stand up and stretch three times a day if you’re not going to take walks.
Last but not least: Read a book
One of my favorite ways to find motivation is to read a personal development book or memoir. I’m fascinated to learn how other people make their dreams come to life and navigate through trying seasons.
Reading expands our knowledge and provides us with new perspectives and points of view. One of my favorite books in the last year is Think Like a Monk by Jay Shetty. He’s really incredible at getting you motivated while keeping you sane!
Summary: Mood and productivity boosts
Breaking up your routine is one of the best ways to shake things up and reignite productivity and boost your mood. What are some of your daily tricks?
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