How To Avoid Mind-Numbing Routines While Working
Posted on April 8, 2011
“As long as habit and routine dictate the pattern of living, new dimensions of the soul will not emerge.” – Henry Van Dyke
Do you find that your work has become less of a challenge and more of a chore? We can struggle to find motivation to work when the fun is long gone, and the only reason we continue is because bills need paying.
But this isn’t an inevitable fact. We can breathe fresh life into our routines while working, and increase our happiness. Here are four ways you can do so:
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Set New Challenges
The main reason that we feel bored and disillusional with routines is that we no longer feel challenged. The same chores every day soon become as easy as getting out of bed, and the mind then starts to struggle to find stimulation. I had this problem for a long time, so I know the stress it inflicts.
Try and mix things up at work by setting new challenges. What can you do that will stimulate your mind into creative action? What can you do differently? For example, I mixed it up by always ensuring that I did the hardest part first, so that my mind would be most occupied when it was at its creative peak.
Look at your tasks within your routine. How can you make them more challenging? Maybe take on new roles, or accept a larger role in order to show your credentials? Whatever you do, make sure it will be challenging for you.
Remove The Unnecessary
Sometimes, we can get burdened down with minor chores and endless e-mails to the point where we can feel overwhelmed by it all. This can easily happen to anyone, especially on a ‘busy’ day where the flow of work coming in doesn’t seem to end. What can we do to ease the frustration?
I suggest removing the unnecessary. Get rid of any chores that aren’t necessary to you or the business. And when I say ‘necessary’, I mean those which the company can survive even if they don’t get done. For example, a lot of e-mails are just updates and confirmations, which you may already know. Delete them. Some paperwork is also just confirmation, so bin them.
Try and cut away as much ‘fat’ as possible, and leave only that which is necessary. Focus on quality over quantity.
Focus On Helping Others
We are usually surrounded by other people when we work, whether they be colleagues in an office, or customers and clients who we’re working for. These people, like yourself, have their own needs and wants, and often struggle to get them met.
If you’re struggling to find meaningful work, why not help others out? No matter where you work, there’s always somebody with some problem, whether its you, your colleague, your partner or your client’s friend. Take time away from your mind-numbing schedule to help them with their problem.
If you’re painting someone’s living room, help them with their computer troubles. If your colleague is struggling with an important project, help them with other work so they can focus on their deadline. Wherever you are, others need help.
If you still find yourself stuck in a routine, then stop for a moment. Just stop working, stop complaining about your work, and look around. Look at yourself. Is this where you want to be in your life right now?
When we stop and take the time to reflect, we see our life in the grand scheme of things, and we get the chance to decide whether or nor we’re in a good place right now. By reflecting, we can remove ourselves from the moaning of our stressed brains, and we can discover what we’re doing with our lives.
Are you where you want to be? Perhaps it’s time for a change?