You know what sucks? Mornings. Mornings are horrible. There is almost nothing worse than dragging yourself out of your nice, warm bed, getting into a shower that is never quite hot enough, eating the same old boring breakfast that you have everyday, and then driving to work (rushing, just to be late as usual) … only to stare at a computer for 8 hours.
And yet, this is the routine that most of us have five days a week. Did you ever think about that? Five. Days. A week. Five out of seven days. You spend more time doing stuff you hate than stuff you like. How is this what life has become? It doesn’t seem fair.
A year or so back, I had this crisis the first time. I still have it every Sunday night, but the first time was definitely the worst. It was at that point that I decided to apply to nursing school. My reasoning was that I would find being a nurse much more fulfilling than working in an office. At least I would have the satisfaction of knowing that I was helping others in their times of need rather than just paperwork and filing. Plus, a much more flexible schedule to get myself out of that 9-5 rut.
Unfortunately, not everyone has the luxury of a massive career change- so what else can we do to liven up our work weeks and stop living for the weekend?
I’m trying this “optimism” thing that I’ve heard so much about. Positive vibes and such. I’m waking up about an hour earlier than normal and trying to hit snooze a few less times (also, side rant… Apple products need to up their game. The snooze time on an iPhone is 9 minutes with no way to change it, which is exactly enough time for me to fall back into a very deep sleep. The only way I’ve been able to combat this is to set multiple alarms for 3 or 4 minute intervals). I’ve been using the extra time to do about a half hour of yoga and then actually spend some time on my hair and makeup. As I’m sure all our lovely female readers know, the better you look, the better you feel. Shallow, but true.
As I wean myself off the snooze button, I’m also trying to incorporate a more exciting breakfast- maybe even scrambling some eggs instead of the usual gluten free waffle with peanut butter (and chocolate milk, obviously). I also find the extra time allows me to take it easy on my drive to work, so I’m much less frantic and angry when I get to the office.
I feel like the morning really sets the tone for the rest of the day, so it’s important to have as positive of a morning as humanly possible. That said, I’m also trying to sprinkle a little excitement into the rest of my dull AF day. Hold on to your hats kids, because I like to get really wild around 11 am and have… tea. Yes, I know, how rambunctious of me. Sometimes I even have a cup of coffee if I really feel like being a loose cannon. I know it sounds silly but my God, office life is boring. That is literally what I look forward to, please don’t judge me.
The bills aren’t going to pay themselves, but if you have to spend 40 hours a week at work, you might as well try to be as optimistic as possible. Also, don’t forget to have fun after work! Go to dinner, take an exercise class, catch a movie with a friend. Life is too short to spend five days waiting for two.