How to break out of the work rut

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When the seasons change, it’s hard to stay productive. Eventually monotony will set in and you’ll switch over to autopilot. Unfortunately, it’s not something that caffeine or a prescription will really fix. Here are a few simple adjustments to help you get the most out of yourself and your team.

 

Set a home schedule

 

We get so set in monotony that our lives blend together like a vat of vanilla ice cream. Switch things up for a few weeks. Set a schedule for home. Stick to a bedtime and wake time for a few weeks. Pick a few new programs that you can watch each week. Have a family game night or movie night and honour it. When you have those things to look forward to, it can actually help you focus on your work better.

 

These boots are made for walking

 

Look at your feet. When was the last time you got yourself some new shoes? How often do you wear the same pair? Sometimes, we can switch our attitude around by changing our footwear. If you wear more active shoes, you’re likely to be more active. It’s a quick fix that can actually make a difference. If you have the right shoes, consider adding a fresh set of insoles to make walking and working easier on your feet.

 

Get active

 

Speaking of sneakers, you can actually get more active during the day. Don’t sit all day. Take phone calls on your feet. Keep some things you use out of reach so you’ll have to move to get them. Take a quick walk break to go get some water or just stroll the long way around the building some days.

 

Make a meal of it

 

It turns out, the most important meal of the day is the one you’re skipping. Don’t eat at your desk. Make it a point to get out of the office. Enjoy a nice meal, seated at a table. Bring others along. Make conversation with the servers if you go it alone. Don’t just have a vegemite sandwich at your desk.

 

If you can use a few of these tricks, you’ll get out of a rut in no time. Encourage your team to do the same and productivity may just take off, even in those slow months.

 

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