Let’s talk about your “Like” list for a little bit. Seems like a bit of a relief to talk about this, doesn’t it? When you read that first sentence what did you feel? Was there a sigh of relief? Did a little weight lift off your shoulders? What do you like; about your job, and in general? Let’s look at this list and make your day-to-day a little more enjoyable.
If you really like the people you work with, but you don’t sit near them, for example, can you see if you can change the location of your desk? If you can’t make a permanent move, maybe you can work in that area for half of the day? Or a couple of hours in the morning and a couple of hours in the afternoon, if your job functions are dependent on the location of your workspace? Comradery most definitely makes the day go by faster and also has the capability of diminishing some of the negativity in your day. What about music? Can you stream music on your phone while you’re at work? At a reasonable volume, so as not to interfere with others’ productivity, of course. If you can’t let it play, can you listen to it via Bluetooth or with one ear bud in? These are a couple of really helpful work-arounds you can use to combat the feelings you’re likely feeling.
What else is on your “Like” list that you can incorporate during your day?
Taking it a step further than just improving your work day, how can you incorporate those things you’re passionate about? What can you do to make that a part of your day before or after work? If you’re passionate about art, for example, how can you schedule time to make that a part of your day? Can you wake up a little earlier and work on something before work for 20-30 minutes? If you value your morning sleep too much to do that, can you make time for 20-30 minutes at the end of your day to create something? No? How about your lunch hour? Can you take 20-30 minutes to do something at that time? Honestly, I don’t care how busy you are, if this is something that is important to you, you will find a way to carve out 20-30 minutes a day. Maybe you’re passionate about fitness. Is there a gym or Rec Center that you can go to on your lunch that’s close to work? Or, again, I suggest waking up a little earlier or making time in the evening. Whatever it is that you’re passionate about, make sure you make time for that. It will do you wonders of good in the grand scheme of things.
And then we have our weekends. For many of us this time is rushed with things we can’t get done during the week. Some of us may have family obligations, or standing commitments with friends, and some of us use the weekends to do nothing and re-charge. Whatever your plan is for your weekends, why don’t you take some time to incorporate something you love to do? Do you love going to the movies? (I know, it’s costly nowadays) If you can’t make it to the movies, find a way to bring the movies to you! Do you love helping others? See if you can spend some time at a retirement home, a hospital, or an animal shelter. They would love to have you, I’m sure!
Now, I don’t want anyone to think I’m being insincere with what I am saying, I’m not trying to blow smoke here. I just want to help you realize that no matter what has happened that had this effect on you, there are things you can to that are 100% within your control that will help you to deal with feeling like you’re not being your true self.
Go ahead, grab your planner, your wall calendar, or your phone and start to schedule whatever it is that gives you joy in your life. What if you’re not sure if you can fit in 20-30 minutes at a time? Well, schedule it in ten-minute increments. There is always a solution, if you want there to be one.
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