“Hard work is a misleading term. Physical effort and long hours do not constitute hard work. Hard work is when someone pays you to do something you’d rather not be doing. Anytime you’d rather be doing something other than the thing you are doing…You’re doing hard work.”
George Carlin- When Will Jesus Bring the Pork Chops
I once read a statistic that stated that we spend 1/3 of our life at work. At first this seemed slightly depressing, perhaps daunting at best. After some thought though I realized that stat is only as much of a bummer as we let it be. “Work” and “Mondays” get a really bad rap these days, so I thought I would take this opportunity to share with you some ideas on how to take that 9-5 and turn it into a 10/10. Or at least a solid 8/10. We all have to start somewhere right?
- Keep hydrated! Now I completely understand that a cup o’ joe in the morning is essential, but draw the line there. Drink plenty of water, and if you are in need of an afternoon caffeine boost choose a green or black tea instead. Try and avoid beverages filled with sugar, as they are loaded with unnecessary calories and coming back from that sugar crash is never a good time.
- Eat a light lunch and snack through the day. Chowing down on sugar laden and grease ridden foods is a quick way to make yourself exhausted after lunch. Make sure you bring plenty of crunchy veggies and fruits to snack on during the day, and when lunch time rolls around choose something that won’t make your stomach work overtime to digest. How does brown rice and veggies sound? Not as yummy as a burger? Get over it princess!
- Get up and move around! Every chance you get, whether it be a mid-morning break or a trip to the printer, move that body of yours. You can simply walk faster than you normally would to get that document photo-copied, or you can take a brisk walk around the building. You can thank me later for the adrenaline rush.
- Do you suffer from afternoon headaches? I can tell you from experience it is most likely from your computer screen, and fluorescent lighting. Make sure you have a proper anti-glare screen, set the brightness to low, and see if maybe you can switch out the lighting for a less painful alternative. Not working? When you have a moment massage the tips of your fingers. Your fingers are loaded with pressure points that are linked directly to the same nerves that are causing you pain.
- Stay positive. To me this seems like a big no-brainer, but you would be surprised at how hard it can be to accomplish. Let’s be clear, no one wants to spend 40 hours a week in an office. Yes, we all know you would rather be with your children, snow-boarding, doing your taxes or hanging with your mother in law. But let’s be honest- you aren’t going to be winning the lottery anytime soon, so you better make the best of what you are doing. Put a smile on your face, lend someone a helping hand, make a joke, and find the bright side of what is enjoyable about your job. If you can’t find it, you aren’t looking hard enough. If you aren’t looking hard enough- you are the one solely responsible for your grump-buttness.
- Do work you are proud of. This isn’t saying that you must be the worlds most perfect employee, but coming home from work knowing you have done your very best is great for your self-esteem. I have never once returned home from a job well done and thought to myself: “Man, THAT sucked.”
Now don’t forget- when all of this amazing advice leads to your promotion to CEO of that big corporation you work for, I will gladly take monetary and fruit basket donations. Besides, I worked really hard while writing this. You don’t want me to feel under-appreciated do you?
-Andrea Phaneuf, Owner and Operator of Alkeme Beauty
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