So, there are less than 50 days left in 2017. And what a year it has been. Personally, I’m ready to sip cocktails under the African sun but you know…work.
I know, I know. This tiredness is simply a part of life. We all go through it. We all want a holiday but first, we need to be productive, meet targets and some other stuff that doesn’t necessarily do anything for my bank account so, why should I care anyway?
I guess because I take pride in my work, and even if I’m already over it, I want to do and be the best I can, regardless of how tired I am. Also, if you decide to slack off cause no one cares anyway, how might that reflect on your personal work ethic? But that’s a story for another day…
Here are some things I’ve been doing to help me work through whats left of this year.
- I’m in a slump, take me to the point.
This list isn’t foolproof, it probably is a bunch of nonsense, but it helps me and perhaps it’ll help you too:
1.Morning Dance Party:
Here’s one of those nonsense tips. I’ve been finding it progressively harder to get out of bed in the morning, so I started creating funky playlists to help me do what needs to be done before I get into the office.
Not only do I get a mini-cardio workout, but I find that it also helps give me a bit of a boost and definitely has an effect on my mood.
While we can’t escape what might be waiting for us once we step into our cubicles, we can control how we approach the day the type of energy we bring into these spaces.
Your playlist doesn’t have to necessarily be uptempo or full of the latest remixes to Bodak Yellow. It just needs to be music you enjoy (like those raps you spit when no one else is around, or the backup vocals plus lead plus air guitar solo) that does things for you that people just generally can’t.
I did a 90’s pop throwback recently and you’d be surprised (how many of the lyrics you remember) and how simply singing along can lift your mood. Don’t believe me? Read more on the science behind it here.
2. Don’t Hate, Meditate:
Perhaps music isn’t your thing? I get that. Sometimes we just need to find comfort in silence and we need a moment to centre ourselves.
Full disclosure, I don’t actually meditate, but I do pray and from what I’ve learned over the last few months, prayer is a form of meditation.
If you’re one of those that prefers to have your thoughts in order, meditation is something you could try to help you do this.
If you believe in God, make a list, not only of things you need but also the things you’re thankful for and include it in your morning or evening meditation session. The end of the year is a great time to reflect on what has been.
If you don’t believe in God, use this time to limit negative thoughts and practice self-awareness. It’s said meditation has long-term benefits so why not give it a go? You don’t really have much to lose.
3. Schedule and Prioritise:
Time she is a-ticking and the end of the year is crawling round the corner. This time of the year usually means you’re tired and there’s so much to do, so schedule and prioritise because YOU’RE TIRED AND THERE’S SO MUCH TO DO.There’s no shame in saying no to this and yes to that, or no to everything for that matter. We’re no longer spring chickens. The world of adulting has fully engulfed us and it’s okay to want to do all the things, or none of them.
I’m one of those that likes things, so generally, I want to do it all, but it might not materialise that way.
Essentially, we’re dealing with FOMO here and the quickest way I’ve managed to work around this is by making a budget that very quickly puts into perspective what I can and can’t do.
If you’re asking how this is meant to help you get through the end of year slump, think of it this way: once work closes for the season, you will have time to do all the things. Won’t it be a shame that you can’t, simply because you couldn’t exercise a little self-control in the weeks leading up to this?
Because I’m still in the full swing of work life, I tend to keep my “going out” weekends to 2 in a month. Or I do budget-friendly activities like Netflix and chill. I ain’t got no shame either.
4. It’s the Weekend Baby!
This goes hand in hand with the above point. Weekends are a great time to schedule and prioritise all the things you need to get done. But you know what else weekends are good for? Sleep.Yeah, I said it.
We all know once December rolls around, weekends will probably be reserved for family, fun and impromptu nights out that might leave you questioning your judgement. There’s no reason why you can’t fit in a bit of R&R in there too.
While it is tempting to cram in all the things you’d rather be doing during the week on the weekend, remember that this is the only time you have to yourself. You should take some time to recharge, instead.
Sleeping in, reading the book that’s been on your bedside table since January, completing that side project – these are all ways that you can recharge without having to exert yourself (or your wallet, for that matter). Just having a slow weekend can be all you need to juice up for the last few weeks of work. Try yourself out.
Boosting your mornings with a little bit of fun, centering yourself and finding time to say “thank you”, proactively being the responsible adult you claim to be through a carefully considered budget for when the actual holiday season begins and prioritising rest for your own personal well-being are all simple ways you can get through the last 50 days of the year. Like a boss.
Let me know what works for you, or if you have some other slump beating methods in the comments below. Oh, and remember:
You can do the thing!