If you choose a job you love, you’ll never work a day in your life.
Work is still work, even if you love it.
(Especially if you love it.)
Because some work tasks will (probably always) feel like a job. Like answering emails and bookkeeping. But there are a few things you can do to make your workday a bit more fun—while still being insanely productive.
Because all work and no play is no way to go about your day!
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11 WAYS TO MAKE YOUR WORKDAY FUN & PRODUCTIVE
When it comes to our workdays, I think we could all take a page out of Mary Poppins’ book. You know:
“In every job that must be done, there is an element of fun.”
Because whoever said work had to be dull and boring?
Not Mary Poppins, that’s for sure. 😉
If you’re ready to make your workday fun AND productive, then keep right on reading!Workdays feeling a little ho-hum? Here are 11 ways to make them fun AND productive!! Click To Tweet
1 | PRETTY/CUTE/COLORFUL/SASSY TUMBLERS, MUGS, OR BOTTLES
#nobutreally, they make drinking coffee and water FUNNER.
Plus, keeping yourself hydrated and caffeinated is imperative to keeping you (and your workday) running smoothly and competently. (I don’t know about you but I’m pretty much useless until I’ve had my morning cup of productivity juice.)
Pro Tip: Instead of reaching for another cup of coffee during the dreaded mid-afternoon slump, get yourself a glass of ice water. Dehydration can often be disguised as feeling tired or sluggish, which can lead to a drop in productivity.
2 | FABULOUS OFFICE SUPPLIES
It may sound silly, but I’m completely convinced that fabulous office supplies make you more productive.
Pro Tip: Write out your to-do list on a fabulous notepad or in a pretty planner. You’ll have more fun checking off those to-dos as you do them, I promise.
Related Posts: Why I Love the Simplified Planner (And How I Use It) + My Favorite Planner Accessories (And How I Use Them) + How to Set Up Your Simplified Planner for Success + How to Make Friends With Your Day Planner
3 | PRETTY/INSPIRING DESKTOP WALLPAPER & SCREENSAVER
I love having something pretty and/or inspiring greet me every time I turn my computer on. #itsthelittlethings
I currently have pictures of the beach/ocean on ALL of my devices because it reminds me of my favorite Captiva Island and it’s just so peaceful and calming. But you use whatever makes you smile/feel good (i.e. pictures of your kids, or your work, or an inspiring quote).
Pro Tip: Putting something pretty and/or inspiring on your desktop should make you *not* want to clutter it up with photos, files, or screenshots. #cleanupyourdesktop
Related Post: 50 Quotes to Inspire & Motivate Female Entrepreneurs
4 | TURN UP THE TUNES, PODCASTS, OR AUDIOBOOKS
I have always listened to music while I work. Nothing gets me pumped to cruise through my inbox like a little Carrie Underwood or Taylor Swift Radio. When I’m writing though, I prefer to listen to instrumental music (especially movie soundtracks).
I’ve also recently become OBSESSED with podcasts and audiobooks. I love listening to either one while I’m planning/organizing content, creating graphics, or scheduling social media posts.
Pro Tip: I used to think I was productive with the TV on in the background, but it turns out that’s not true (for me or for you). TV is a HUGE productivity killer. I promise you’ll notice a difference (like a boost in productivity and focus) when you turn off the TV and turn up the tunes, podcasts, or audiobooks instead.
Photo from Social Squares
5 | ESSENTIAL OILS
I started my oily journey a few months ago and have been LOVING what essential oils have been doing for my focus and productivity.
So far, I love diffusing Tangerine and Peppermint in the mornings. (Tangerine has a very fresh, sweet scent that is refreshingly happy. Peppermint is invigorating and great for increasing energy and focus.) In the afternoons, I’ve been rolling Peppermint on my temples and the back of my neck, while diffusing Tangerine and En-R-Gee. (En-R-Gee is kind of spicy and very stimulating. It makes me feel like I could give the Energizer Bunny a run for his money. 😆)
Pro Tip: I’ll be sure to update and add to this list as my oily journey continues and I discover what other oils can benefit female entrepreneurs (and help boost productivity and focus in the process).
6 | TIME YOURSELF
Make it a game. “How many emails can I answer in X minutes?” There’s nothing we love more than a good challenge, right? Plus, it gives a little jazz to even the most mundane tasks.
I love doing this because it keeps me on my toes and forces me to stay focused and intentional on the task (and NOT on Facebook or Instagram)!!
Pro Tip: I use the MultiTimer app every single day to set and keep track of times for specific tasks like drinking water, laundry, social media, emails, and writing. You can color code and label the various timers and they run quietly in the background until time’s up. It’s my favorite app discovery, ever.
7 | REWARD YOURSELF
If you do this, you get this!
It really helps you focus on the task (whatever it may be) because you have something to look forward to when it’s complete. (I may or may not have promised myself an hour of Gilmore Girls and an at-home mani when I finish this blog post! 😉)
Pro Tip: Whatever is a reward for you—indulging in a fancy coffee at the coffee shop down the street, watching an episode of your favorite show, going for a mani/pedi, a nap, a cookie—make it a hard rule not to enjoy it until you’ve completed your biggest, most grueling, or even top 3 tasks.
8 | MULTITASK THE RIGHT WAY
I am the last person to suggest multitasking as a way of boosting your productivity. It’s better (so much better) to do one task really, really well than to do a lot of tasks poorly. HOWEVER, I do believe in multitasking the right way.
Throwing in a batch of laundry and/or putting dinner in the crockpot before you start your workday, uploading photos from last weekend’s wedding while you answer emails, listening to a podcast while you fold laundry or do the dishes, responding to blog/social media comments while waiting in the carpool line, and brainstorming blog posts on your morning commute (only if you’re not driving) are all GREAT examples of multitasking the right way.
Pro Tip: Multitasking the right way is all about not letting the time you do have go to waste. It’s about not letting time pass aimlessly. It’s about achieving maximum productivity with minimum wasted effort (aka being efficient). It’s essentially combining a task that needs to get done but doesn’t require your full attention with a task that does. Make sense? Good.11 FUN but insanely PRODUCTIVE ways to get you through your workday! Click To Tweet
9 | BREAK UP YOUR DAY
A great way to make your day a bit more fun is to break it up.
Schedule a coffee date with a biz bestie (whether online or in real life). Have a lunch date with your mom, sister, or hubby. Take a nap, go to a barre class, get a manicure, or take the dog for a walk in the afternoon.
Pro Tip: The key to breaking up your day is to make sure you’re still getting things done, so don’t schedule all of these things for the same day/all at once. Use them to help you get through your day. We all have high and low productivity times. Schedule these activities during the low times to help boost you back up. (Don’t forget to give them start and end times otherwise you might never get back to work!)
10 | CHANGE UP YOUR LOCALE
When the walls of your home office feel like they’re closing in on you or your creativity is at a standstill, it might be time to get out of the house for a while.
Thanks to technology (i.e. everything being so mobile and almost every place having a wi-fi signal), you can “set up shop” anywhere. Take your laptop (or iPad) outside, to the local library, or your favorite coffee shop to change things up.
Pro Tip: If you are easily distracted by people watching and/or loud noises (like me), bring noise-canceling headphones with you so you can tune those things out and focus.
11 | TAKE BREAKS
I love what Rachel Green of Intentionally Designed had to say about this:
“By choosing to rest in the middle of our day, we are intentionally preparing ourselves for the rest of the day.”
Creating requires energy. It’s important that you take time to rest and recharge. Because nothing (not even you) can run on an empty battery. So get up and stretch for a bit. Take a quick power nap. Don’t eat lunch at your desk. Play with your fur baby for a few minutes.
Pro Tip: Schedule your breaks. Actually write them in your planner. Set calendar reminders. And actually take them!!!
I hope you remember these tips (and what Mary Poppins said) the next time you sit down at your desk. In the meantime, I’d love for you to help me brainstorm other ways we could make our workdays fun and productive. I’m off to paint my nails and watch an episode of Gilmore Girls because that is my reward for finishing this blog post!! 😉🙌🏻
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