I get in a funk sometimes. We all do. I find that sometimes I will be sitting at the computer for hours and maybe only 30 minutes have been uber productive. That’s when I know it’s time to change it up, jump start my brain, and do something to get back on track.
Here are the Top 10 things I tend to do to get out of a work funk. Would love for you to share your tips too!
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1. Turn around. Look out the window. Stare at the opposite wall for 10 minutes. Sounds silly, but trust me: something so simple can make a huge adjustment in your thinking. This is an easy and effective one to try especially if you are tied to your computer for a few hours.
2. Move it. I like to do jumping jacks, push ups, and crunches, but you can simply walk to another level of your house or office, go outside for a walk.
3. Phone a friend. I don’t love talking on the phone, but I do love my friends, and sometimes when I am in a really frustrating rut I will call up a pal or colleague and get my happy endorphins running again. There’s almost always some sort of problem solving discussion and it always helps to talk someone else through their situation and then come back with a refreshed look on your own.
4. Pick up a magazine. My name is Marlynn, and I am a magazine whore. I admit it. I subscribe to at least 25 different magazines. Food, wine, travel, local, graphic design, home decor, entrepreneurial, women’s magazines, and a few leftover parenting mags from when the Bliss Kids were babies and in my sleep-deprived stuper purchased a 5-(feels like 10)-year subscription. Magazines are my favorite distractions to help me get out of brain funk and jump start ideas. The problem, then, is stopping the flow of ideas once they start… a better problem to have in most cases!
5. Peruse Pinterest. (pause for massive cheering from Pinterest addicts). Yes, I will help feed your addiction by telling you that Pinterest is a feast for the eyes and a great way to jump start your creativity…provided that you only stay on the site for about 10-15 minutes max at a time. Set a timer on your computer or phone and stick to it. Otherwise, you are creating a new rut that can be even harder to dig yourself out of!
6. Do something with your hands. I’m talking about cooking, baking, folding laundry, folding origami birds…do something that occupies your hands and makes your brain connect with your body.
7. Switch mental gears. If you’re doing something creative and get stuck, go pay some bills or reorganize your monthly budget. If you’re doing some monotonous numbers work, go draw a picture of what you would rather be doing. I find that switching mental gears shocks my system and helps get my mind back on track.
8. Eat to think. Sometimes I will reach 3pm and realize I haven’t had anything to eat yet. The horror! My fave brain snacks: apple slices dipped in almond butter, prosciutto with brie and crackers, greek yogurt with honey & granola and raspberries or blueberries. I love a huge overflowing plate of pasta (way) more than the next person, but brain slumps tend to fall even further with massive carb loading. Aim for light protein-packed snackeroos to boost your brain power mid-slump.
9. LOL IRL. I may be in the minority, but I can’t stand the majority of silly shared posts on Facebook. You know, the ones that are poorly doctored up by silly sites that create them just to boost their site stats. Except for the original Texts from Hilary and to some extent the new Texts from Hillary. I don’t know why, but political humor gets me more than anything else, and when in doubt, I go to a silly political site, or a real one that is frighteningly sillier, and laugh out loud. Then I get up and get back to work. Whatever tickles your funny bone, go find it, laugh out loud in real life (LOL IRL), and I bet you’ll find it easier to settle back into a productive work groove.
10. Get organized. Sometimes all it takes is cleaning up my desk or filing away a pile of papers that has been bugging me to get back into the right frame of mind to be more productive.
There are many more little shifts I do each day to reframe my brain to be more productive. What do you like to do to jump start your brain when you’re stuck in a mental rut?