Happy Monday everyone! Who sits on the struggle bus with me currently? The beginnings of the week – especially Mondays – are just so stinking difficult to get going and get that extra umph you need to get those wheels spinning, am I right? I don’t know about you but this can significantly impact my productivity – I will sit around and almost feel stuck in a what do I with myself mindset and then poof! an entire day is wasted. So what to do?
I recently started working on the blog full time – which is a humongous change for me. Being at home (and in the comforts of home) and not in the hospital setting is both awesome but super dangerous. The first week or two I caught up on some serious rest I had been needing for myself. Hanging around and writing in my pajamas felt incredibly liberating and restful. But then a habit started to develop and suddenly the girl who dolled herself up everyday was no longer getting dressed and greeting the world. Becoming a recluse was not what I had imagined. So- I started planning out my day the night before, like I used to. I would think about what I was going to wear and the places I needed to go. Having a plan is SO much more engrained in my DNA!
Dress for the Day
So that being said – get dressed and go smell the dang roses! When I was still managing my transplant patients, I would talk about developing a routine and getting dressed everyday. Getting a new heart and staying in bed everyday was not the purpose of a new found life. Equally so – working from home shouldn’t (always) be in pj’s and a top knot. I’m also extremely predisposed to depression and dark & stormy moods – getting up and making myself pretty makes me feel just a little more worthwhile even when my day isn’t filled with loads to do. I find that my depression seems to come creeping on much more easily when I’m sitting around in frumpy clothes and not doing much with myself.
Take Frequent Breaks
I am the worst at zoning in on my work and not moving for several hours. a) not good for your back/neck/spine b) totally kills your eyes c) you need to get up and move for that heart! d) give your brain a pause. When you’re sitting and staring at something foooorrreevvvveerrrr it’s incredible easy to start making mistakes. Make sure you’re getting up every 30 minutes or so, stretch it out – grab some water or tea (I limit my coffee to the mornings) or maybe clear your desk a bit.
Can you get lost in your work? I might have a day where I need to get several things done (school assignments, blog posts, editing, etc.) and suddenly I’ve spent way too long on one thing. Monitor how long you’re spending on your tasks that way your can efficiently divide your time between your tasks and your day.
Dedicate your time to one single task at a time. I’m the worst at trying to get multiple things done at once – and it usually bites me in the butt. Concentrate your efforts on one single task- you will end up getting it done quicker and much more thorough.
Living in a world where tablets, smartphones and all the devices are swimming and buzzing at a constant hum around us – it almost becomes suffocating being connected to everyone and everything ALL THE TIME. I for one am so bad about taking a break from the world. Charlie jokes that I’m forever plugged into social media – and he’s right. Without thinking twice I’m grabbing my phone and just mindlessly scrolling through Instagram or Snapchat or Facebook instead of maybe reading a book or meditating or working on my relationship with God. Lesson here: learn how to walk away from all the technology – put down the phones and the laptops and tablets, go have some real face time with your loved ones and become more connected with the real world around you. I promise you life flashes by faster than you think. Don’t let it get past you altogether. And at the end of the day, this quality time will leave you feeling more ready to tackle the next day’s challenges with a full heart.
If you have any suggestions or comments, bring em on – I’d love to hear them! And as always, thanks for reading y’all! Catch my last monday musings?
Photography by Megan Weaver