The grind. The hustle. The slog. Whatever you want to call it, it sux either way. The predictable Monday-to-Friday, 9-to-5 routine is boring, monotonous and often feels like Groundhog Day. But the idea of eating beans on bread and sleeping on a park bench every night isn’t exactly appealing, so we ride it out and wait for that fleeting moment of happiness also known as ‘pay day’, and the cycle begins again.
But what if there was a way to take the grind out of your work week? Is this even possible? Well, yes, it is! There are some things you can do that will drastically improve your attitude towards work, and the vibe and mood while you’re there. So if you’re wanting to inject a shot of enthusiasm back into your working week, here are 5 ways to do it:
Take your work outside
Depending on the type of job you do, this may not always be possible. But if you work for yourself, or in a fairly isolated and autonomous position, why not pack up the laptop, pop your phone in your pocket, and take your work to the park, or beach, or café; anywhere you’d like to go? Being outside or in new surroundings can really lift your mood if all you do all day is sit inside a box, listening to office chatter and phones ringing. It doesn’t have to be a daily occurrence, but it’s not a bad habit to get into whenever you feel that workplace dread beginning to creep in.
Four-day work week
Now here’s an exciting concept: what if you could have a long weekend every weekend? It is possible! You can compress your work week from five 8-hour days to four 10-hour days by simply starting one hour earlier and finishing one hour later, giving you an extra day of weekend bliss. Who wouldn’t want that?
The employee-made schedule
Similar to the four-day work week, another option you might like to consider is structuring your own work hours in accordance with what best suits your lifestyle. This is obviously dependent on your work culture and requires a little bit of trust from your employer (if you have one), but the idea is to focus more on what gets done, rather than how or where. Not every employee fits into the 9-to-5 framework, some function at their best late at night, and others are early risers and can achieve more before dawn. A little flexibility in your daily structure can hugely benefit your overall week.
The trend of working in a shared office space is booming. More and more people are fast catching on that a commercial office lease is more than just renting an office space, it’s an entirely new way of running your business and creates a work culture like no other. And co-working spaces are not just dominated by freelancers anymore, many start-ups and boutique agencies have opted for the shared office space as a smart alternative to the high costs of renting a traditional office, and are reaping the networking benefits as well as the enjoyment of working in an uplifting, motivating environment. Co-working spaces are bringing fun back to the workplace.
Create a comfortable office environment
And last, but certainly not least, one of the simplest things you can do to improve your work situation is to create an environment that makes you feel good being there. Stock the office kitchen with snacks and beverages, and create a communal space where people can disconnect from work tasks and reconnect with each other. Organise a staff lunch or morning tea once a week or fortnight, it will help build a positive work culture, which is an essential component to viewing work as an enjoyable experience rather than a daily struggle.
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Pardon the cliché, but at the end of the day, you shouldn’t have to count the hours until the actual end of the day. Work is a part of life, so why not make the most of it?