We’ve all been there, not in a mood to work, no inspiration to excel, feeling demotivated. We essentially feel deprived of the will to do the task at hand. These lulls in the work environment are actually pretty common. Feeling low and uninspired happens to all employees one day or the other. Sometimes you forget how much you love your job and how much you are grateful for it.
So the question is: do you wish there were ways to get over these mood swings and keep the energy levels high so you can finish up your tasks on time?
Presenting to you 10 doable ways to leave behind the blues that lead to mood and energy level problems at work. I hope that these will give you the pick-me-up you need to carry on with your work.
1. Snacking on Some Healthy Foods
We all love and want to purge on some good food. Snacks are a delight to have brought to the office. But if you want to improve your energy levels and your overall mood it is good to pump yourself up with some healthier options. Baked chips, fruits, dry fruits, and nuts can help keep you satisfied and help you lighten up at work.
Long working hours and vitamin deficiency can bring your energy levels. Food products such as protein bars or energy bars and yogurt can be the protein supply that you need for uplifting your energy levels.
2. Using a Project Management Software
Having good project management software works well for teams of all kinds. It helps in communicating with ease, being on top of things, being on the same page and effective team collaboration. Using software to keep track of events, milestones, goals, etc. can give you the motivation you need to go ahead with your tasks with a good mood. Also, being able to visualize your goals can help you be in the hardworking spirit from morning to evening.
These types of software also give dedicated spaces where you can make announcements when there is a need to recognize team effort, to appreciate a job well-done, etc. with which the achievements of a person can be celebrated. This will give your employees the drive and inspiration they need to finish up their tasks on time with high energy levels.
3. Get Some New Tunes
Music affects a lot of things that we do, in fact, there have been numerous researches done to find out exactly which music increases your productivity in the workplace. Working at an office can often result in feeling like you are trapped in a mundane environment. It is possible that you already have a work playlist. But I suggest you revamp your music choice for feeling energetic at work.
In your free time spend some time working on finding which song choice or genre can uplift you and inspire you to work better and in a more effective way. Music in any form has been proven to improve productivity by a lot and it will do the same for you.
4. Improving the Old Sleep Cycle
This is the most basic step which can effectively lead to greater productivity at the office. A good and established sleep cycle will keep you refreshed all day long. Most of the problems related to mood and energy levels stem from the fact that you are sleepy at your workplace. Getting sleep for 7 to 9 hours is mandatory for all of us.
If you want to be in a good mood all day long at the office it is imperative to maintain a good sleep schedule. Setting a schedule for your sleep means setting up the time for when you go to sleep and when you wake up. This routine will help you wake up early and this appropriate amount of sleep will help you be more productive at the workplace.
5. Participating in Events and Activities
The offices that organize more events, meets, retreats, and activities are undoubtedly more efficient than the ones that don’t. Activities keep the employees engaged and keep the morale of the office high. Managers should make sure that your employees are participating at all times in these meetings. Maintaining a productive workplace is how you take care of each employee’s mood and energy levels.
Activities give employees a chance to know each other better and create a truly energetic environment. Increasing engagement of employees is very important for the same reason so that people can mingle and come together creating a harmonious work environment.
6. Modifying your Surroundings
Now, this is the most basic and truly the easiest way to add more color to your work life. Spruce up your desk and your surroundings to raise your spirits at your office by cleaning up your space and organizing your belongings. You could get rid of all that is present on your desk and reorganize or replace it with newer and more inspirational objects.
For example, you could keep a table calendar, a potted plant, a pen stand and put up inspirational posters all around you. Any little change can bring you an immense amount of happiness when done right. So get on it and redecorate the old cubicle with some new and amazing stuff.
7. Go Around Helping People
Communication is said to always increase productivity and is the one way to keep up the morale at the office. Energy levels are high at an office where people get to talk to each other. So this advice is simple and easy to follow. I am talking about an act none other than helping people.
We all know that the chat features and the discussion features provided by your project management software are very helpful. They help with quick back and forth and that way you can provide your help to your team members at any time. Helping people when they need help can lift your mood. The sense of satisfaction this act can bring is greater than any other.
8. Variety in the Type of Work Matters
The work process can get tiring and exhaustive at times and all you want to do is break out of this humdrum. If you are tired of the old work routine and all you want to do is anything but repeating the same tasks every day, look for something in your field that excites you. Look for new ideas and pan out their implementation in your office. Change in the type of tasks will be a new challenge for you and will be a way to keep you engaged at the office.
For good vibing energy, do not stick to just one workflow and try to set new goals to challenge yourself every new day. That being said, you should remember that this process will require you to take an initiative and make it a point to talk to your superiors and tell them you have more to offer and are ready to take on another responsibility.
9. Dress for the Job and not the Day
Sometimes all you need to look towards for inspiration is yourself. Dressing up good every day is like a ritual. And, this does not necessarily mean that you dress formally. It means that you should get excited about what you’re wearing because you wear it to a place where you spend one-third of your adult life.
Dressing appropriately is important but it is also important that you feel that every day is special to keep those energy levels high. To move forward with your job you need to realize how important the job is to you. Therefore, I suggest you show that importance by picking out outfits for every day so that you are always excited about the new day to come.
10. Leaving a Time Slot for Exercise
Now exercise is the one thing that keeps your mental as well as physical health in check. The dose of serotonin and dopamine that exercise provides is incomparable to any other method of improving the energy levels in an employee. With a set workout schedule you can achieve a stable mood at the workplace that will keep you energetic all day long.
In fact, you can also go for a walk or a light jog in your lunch break so that you feel more productive after. With exercise, you will understand that taking care of your health is just as if not more so important as taking care of work.
God knows we all get the Monday blues, often we get bored and feel like all energy has been drained from our bodies, but there are always methods to solve this problem. I hope this article helps you be in good spirits at your workplace from now on. These points may effectively help you in gaining newfound respect for your job and may give you the drive you need to work on your project with a good mood and high energy levels.
About the author: Vartika Kashyap is the CMO at ProofHub and has been one of the LinkedIn Top Voices in 2018. Her articles are inspired by office situations and work-related events. She likes to write about productivity, team building, work culture, leadership, entrepreneurship among others and contributing to a better workplace is what makes her click.