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Are you struggling every morning to get out of bed? That daily grind can be a struggle! But really what’s keeping you from getting up. Do you hate your job? Or could it be built up stress from being unprepared for your day? Get ready to change that!
Your morning routine doesn’t have to be a rushed blur and you don’t have to be resentful of every second you spend away from your safe space.
We all dream of the perfect office setting. We imagine picture perfect views of the skyline, plush chairs and our own offices. Unfortunately, we all know that that’s not always the case.
Use these simple tips to ensure a smooth transition from your home to the outside world.
Plan Your Day
Starting your day the night before is a pretty obvious solution, but not always the easiest to execute.
Every Sunday I try to lay out all my outfits for the week. I’m talking everything from my cardigan to my undergarments, jewelry and even shoes. Seriously, don’t waste precious early morning minutes frantically searching and trying on numerous outfit combos. The day you’re running late is going to be the day the keys are missing and so is your sock. You know that’s true.
Explore your commute before you get in your car. A few seconds of traffic updates can save you from a bad drive that will contribute to a stressful day.
Think ahead for your meals. A daily lunch bill can definitely stress the bank account. Meal prep will save you tons of money. Make an extra portion when you’re preparing your dinner. Have a Tupperware ready and put that extra meal in there for your lunch as you clean up.
- Shower the night before
- Prep your hair to be slept on
- Use witch hazel as an astringent and pile on some heavy lotion
- Pack your lunch
- Keys or badge on display
- Shorten your make-up routine by eliminating un-natural products
- Snacks and water for the day
- Bring a special treat like hot chocolate or chai
If getting your nails done twice a month makes you feel good, do that! Being put together is part of planning your day, clean nails and a good appearance will help you start everyday on the right foot. Of course you should be as cost effective and frugal as possible, but you can still invest in yourself.
Remember to clear your mind before your head hits the pillow. It’s stressful to wake up to a list of must do’s before you can walk out the door.
Use Your Work Perks
Is there free coffee and tea at work? You can save massive amounts of money by skipping the trip to the coffee shop for your daily latte.
A lot of offices will have discounted soda and snacks but what about green tea? The health benefits of green tea are awes
ome, and the antioxidants will help your long-term health. Think outside the box when it comes to what you chose to indulge in.
Is there a small gym at work? Starting a new habit based on a work perk is a great way to take advantage of company offerings and keep yourself healthy. Stop wasting money on a gym membership and grab a cubicle buddy to use what’s already provided.
Does your office have a great view? Take a few minutes every day to appreciate it and better yet… take a 15 minute walk around your campus everyday.
The ultimate company perk is always going to be freebies and discount programs. This is literally money that stays in your pocket due to your employment.
Most people are aware of freebies from work but if you’re new to the workforce you might not know of the relationships your company has established with reciprocal companies… which can lead to massive savings for you.
- Get a discount on your family’s cell phone plan
- Free or discounted tickets to sports events
- Exclusive Offers when products launch
- Free wellness screening
- Company paid for transportation passes
- Discounted gym membership
- Various discounts at major retailers and restaurants
Decorate Your Desk for Happiness
You spend a significant amount of time at work right? 40 hour work weeks really translates to about 5 hours of family time a night.
Bring your smile to work and keep that smile going with pictures of loved ones, magnets, plants, desk décor…whatever makes your work environment feel more like a home office, bring it!
I like to keep posters of my favorite foreign cities as travel motivation.
A cute little plant will actually give you a stronger sense of purpose at work. It’s strange but yes, you will want to take care of that plant. Relate it’s growth to your career. Every time you water it think of a positive thought to help you through the day.
Living things, especially plants, will elevate your mood and keep your air just a bit cleaner.
- Stress relief ball
- List of important phone numbers
- Vacation Motivation
For even more details on how to make your desk happier check out this post: 10 Ways to Make Your Work Space Comfortable! You’ll love the added tips for success.
Preserve Your Equipment
There are some really great ways to keep your belongings nice. If you drive to work, make sure to park in a covered garage. The sun will absolutely destroy the paint and interior leather . If you’re lucky enough to get a parking garage, park there. Otherwise, do your best to make sure your vehicle will have a long life.
Use commuter shoes. If you have nice shoes and delicate toes, you should always have a pair of gym shoes close by. There’s no reason to add any extra miles to a pair of your expensive shoes.
Use undergarments or sweat protectors to save you from needing to dry clean or wash your clothes as often. Washing an undershirt is a heck of a lot easier than bringing in, paying for, and being obligated to pick up a blouse at the dry cleaners. I have better things to do with my time and money, I’m sure you do too.
Keep Positive and Smile
A smile means a lot to a lot of people. Don’t be the storm cloud in the office that everyone avoids. Be the positive influence that makes people want to be around you, and they’ll vote for your success.
I’m starting to realize that there is a lot of negativity in the world. If you aren’t a complainer, you roll with the punches and you show up… you’re going to be way ahead of the game.
Your management will surely appreciate your positive attitude.
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Get Something Out Of It
If you are lucky enough to have tenure at a company, make sure that you are taking advantage of the 2 most important work perks.
Your 401k and your ability to further your education.
By investing in your 401k, you should receive a percentage match from your employer. If your employer matches 5% on your yearly income and you max that out, that’s A LOT OF FREE MONEY.
Furthering your education with educational payouts from your company can save you significant amounts of money. Not only will you education be cheaper, but you will be bettering yourself and making yourself a great catch for future raises and employers.
Work Isn’t Easy…. It’s Work.
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Being able to navigate the office while keeping your emotions in check isn’t always easy. If you start your day with positivity, you’ll see an increase in your happiness I promise. Your management team is always on the lookout for cool, calm and collected personalities to fill management positions as they arise. Be that person.
What do you do to make it through the week or to pep yourself up for the day? I’d love to hear!
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