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!
HOW TO MAKE YOUR WORKDAY FUN AND PRODUCTIVE
When it comes to work days, 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!
1 | GET YOURSELF A PRETTY/CUTE/SASSY MUG AND TUMBLER
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.
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.
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2 | GET YOURSELF SOME FABULOUS OFFICE SUPPLIES
I know it sounds silly, but I’m completely convinced that fabulous office supplies make you more productive.
3 | TURN UP THE TUNES
Nothing gets me pumped to cruise through my inbox like a little Taylor Swift Radio. Or schedule social media posts like Justin Timberlake. Or write blog posts like various movie soundtracks.
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 you). TV is a HUGE productivity killer.
Pro Tip: Turn up the tunes! Do a little chair dancing and song belting—but only in between emails, ok? 😉
4 | 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 at hand—and not Snapchat 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, meetings, 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.
5 | PLAN OUT A REWARD SYSTEM
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 when I finish this blog post! 😉
Pro Tip: Whatever is a reward for you—walking to the coffee shop around the corner, watching an episode of Gilmore Girls, going for a mani/pedi—make it a hard rule not to do it until you’ve completed your biggest, most grueling, or even top 3 tasks.
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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 watch an episode of Gilmore Girls now because that is my reward for finishing this blog post! BOOM! Done. Next?!