1. Take a Mental Health Day
Many don’t put as much emphasis on mental health as we do physical health. It’s JUST as important to check where your mental health is to make sure we can be as productive as possible! Take a day off from work and do things for yourself. Go outside, write, visit a museum, take a jog, or go on a trip. Whatever you decide to do, make sure to focus on yourself and relax.
2. Make a List
Sometimes we feel so overloaded with stuff because we’re jumping from one thing to another, stopping midway and then finding something else to start working on. Start making a list before you go to bed or when you wake up in the morning of everything you need to get done during the day. Having a list written down in your planner or on your phone will help you get through your tasks a little faster and help you to become more organized.
3. Turn off the electronics
Social media and texting can be so distracting. Sometimes you just mean to check that one tiny notification on Facebook and somehow end up spending an hour watching videos of puppies cuddling. We’ve all been there. Although this may not be an option for some of our work ventures, whenever you CAN try to turn it off! You’ll feel so much better when you’re not constantly staring at bright screen.
4. Make a motivating playlist
Try making a playlist with songs that make you feel like you need to get up and go! When you start to feel unmotivated, take a breath and put on your playlist. How long can you seriously stay down listening to your favorite happy song?
5. Wake up early and exercise
Although the health benefits should really be the reason to exercise, the emotional effects can be even better! In the recently published book, Wellbeing: The Five Essential Elements, coauthors Tom Rath and Jim Harter explains that when it comes to daily habits for physical well being, morning exercise is hard to beat. Studies show that a 20 minute workout can boost your mood for hours afterward. “It is so easy to put things off, but when people exercise in the morning, in many cases they did so because over time they realized that working out in the morning puts you in a better mood and you’re more productive and you have more energy throughout the workday,”