Have you ever felt like your job is one endless treadmill of exhaustion? You wake up tired, go to work stressed and fight a million fires, yet somehow you end the day feeling less productive than when you started?
All you want to do is feel just a little better at work.
If this is you, know that you are not alone. With email, smart phones, tablets and texting, work can find you at any time. That connectivity means you often feel like you’ve got to be “on” all the time. You never unplug, never take a break and never really catch up. Information is always coming in, right?
It’s gotten so bad that some people actually sleep with their phones. Of course, this means they have a restless sleep, wake up stressed and never take a moment to just breathe. They’re worrying about work all the time, and that’s exhausting.
We’ve all read the articles about reasonable changes we can make in our lives. And it would be great if we all ate salads and drank water at night, got to bed on time and were proactive in planning. But the truth is that bar food tastes good, sometimes a glass of wine (or three!) with friends is medicinal and staying up late to watch Game of Thrones just happens.
So, what’s the hack?
All of these articles mean well, but they don’t know your life and the unique problems you face. That’s why this particular hack is about making the one change in your daily life that will have the largest impact on how you feel. This change is something that you want to do, that you talk about doing, but you’ve never taken that seriously before.
Today you’re going to start doing it. No matter what.
Take a moment to think through your workday and figure out one area that’s causing you a lot of stress. Here are a few examples:
- Spending the entire day feeling like you’re playing catch-up because a coworker emails you annoying work requests early in the morning.
- Checking email when you get out of bed, so you start the day overwhelmed and feeling behind.
- Not shutting off your smartphone at night.
- Checking your phone after you know everyone has probably gone to bed, but you can’t resist doing it anyway.
- Not waking up with enough time to get ready for the day, so you spend your morning feeling rushed and stressed and wearing something awkward.
Now, commit to the hack: make one change that will make you feel better and will have a positive impact on your day. Maybe it’s not checking email from bed in the morning or setting the alarm 15 minutes earlier so you can enjoy a long shower.
Don’t pick more than one change because that can feel overwhelming. Stick with the hack, refuse to compromise on it, and you will feel better. You can do one thing for yourself, right?
Start there, and you’ll be amazed at the instant boost it brings to your day.
Christie Mims is the Radical Fairy Godmother to the Woman Trapped in Her Suit and the founder of The Revolutionary Club. You can get unstuck in your career with her free kit over here, or hang out with her on Facebook and Twitter and have her wave her magical fairy dust all over you!