It’s all too easy to get caught up in the mundane routine of work life. Wake up, go to work, collapse on the couch and go to bed. It gets old quick. It’s also hard to snap out of the monotony and make sure you stay active, healthy and inspired. Here are five easy ways to stay on top of your A-game, despite busy schedules and long work hours.
1. Listen to/watch a Ted Talk
I start off every day with Ted Talk. I subscribe to them for free on Apple Podcasts and play a new one every morning while I get ready for work, or on my commute. It’s easy, doesn’t take a moment out of my day, and inspiring. It’s hard to make time to read magazines and keep up with everything going on in the world, but without fail, I learn something new every day before 9am.
2. Make a smoothie
It only takes about 5 minutes but makes a noticeable difference to your day. The natural sugars are an instant energy-booster, and it’s a quick and easy way to get your five-a-day in. Plus it’s filling and delicious. You can chug it down before leaving the house or put it in a to-go cup and drink it on your commute or in the office.
3. Read before bed
Whatever you’re interested in, be it novels, comics or magazines, reading before going to sleep is a great way to wind down and de-stress. Even if its just ten minutes every night, its much better for your brain than watching a show on your laptop or scrolling through Instagram in the last few moments before you doze off.
Exercise is an obvious one, but it’s all too easy to neglect with busy work schedules. What I’ve found to be the most motivating is to find an activity you actually enjoy and would look forward to doing. Then, make a routine out of it so it becomes a habit, not a chore.
5. Do something for yourself
Take a moment out of your day to do something that you enjoy. Whether it’s a putting some time towards your hobby, having dinner with friends or taking a relaxing bubble bath, it’s important to feel like you’ve done something that makes you happy.