Get into Mood for Work
I, as a freelancer, begin my day by YouTubing or watching Netflix, trying to get mood for work. But sometimes these sessions last a bit longer because I am just not in the mood for work. And even if I start working, I would just be distracted within a matter of minutes. If you are someone like me, you would be facing similar problems.
That is why, we have compiled a list of top 10 exercises or activities that would get you into the groove for work; to be focused and crush those mountains of productivity that, last night, we decided we will. (Okay, I admit, I do this every night before sleeping and then not come through the next morning.)
1. Make Your Bed
I think there are no better words to describe this phenomenon than in the original words of Mr. William McRaven, US Navy Admiral:
“If you want to change the world, start off by making your bed. If you make your bed every morning, you will have accomplished the first task of the day. It will give you a small sense of pride and it will encourage you to do another task, and another, and another.” (Make Your Bed Speech – US Navy Admiral, William H. McRaven)
2. Turn off your phone.
This is obviously one of the biggest distractions. Almost every one of us has a compulsive need to check our phones every few minutes. Half of the time there are no new notifications. Consequently, one thing leads to another, and you are looking at cute dog pictures when you should have been working. So, turn off your phone or Wi-Fi and take only the most important calls.
3. Out of Sight Out of Mind
The fact that mobile phones are the biggest distraction, I have to put it again on this list. Just turning it off isn’t enough. After all, it takes only a few seconds to turn them back on. So, put it away, far from your reach to significantly neutralize the major source of distraction.
4. Music for Every Occasion
No matter the occasion, there is always a suitable category of music. I usually go with Lo-fi music to stimulate my brain and keep me focused. And of course, make the work-session a bit less boring. You can choose other kinds of music according to the type of work. For example, hip-hop music for chores or hardcore music for Gym-sessions.
5. Time Yourself
This is perfect when you are stuck in an unmotivated rut of a boring chore. So, just time yourself. Start as low as 5 minutes (if you need to) of uninterrupted sessions. This comes with a promise of a break and something to look forward to once the timer is over.
6. Measure Yourself in Tasks
If timing yourself is not your cup of tea, you should measure your tasks for the day. Divide them throughout the day and take one task at a time. Remember, Slow and steady, wins the race.
7. Do Something you Enjoy
This is perfect to put you in the groove for work. I love to play football. It refreshes me and rejuvenates me to get cracking towards my tasks.
Laughter is almost always the best medicine. Go ahead, have some fun time with friends. Play a game or get your dose of your favorite sitcom before you get back to your work.
9. Utilize the Perks
If our job has perks, utilize them… to the fullest. Do you want a half-day? Or can you have a longer lunch? It seems like you are putting off your work to later. But for sure it will enliven and speed up your productivity when you return.
10. Friendly Peers
This is what I miss the most working from home. Having friends in the workplace makes every day more welcoming. Having fun conversations and activities is a great way to boost positivity. It takes your mind off of more impending tasks only to make you return with every whim and vigor.
10 Useful Exercises Get You into Mood for Work by Daud