15 Unbeatable Ways to Create
A Peaceful, Relaxed Workday
Most poeple are a bit overwhelmed by their daily routines,
so here are a few ways to create a more peaceful workday.
One where you can allow yourself to be more relaxed and
The first step is the realization that you are in control
of your day. You can create the perfect workday, if
you’re willing to start from scratch.
For some people, that may mean taking some tough steps,
if their boss or their workplace is very controlling about
how they do their work. For example, you might talk to
your boss about restructuring your workday. It might also
mean looking for a new job that’s more flexible,
if you’re not happy with the way things are. Or
it might just mean picking the tips below that work best
for you and living with a certain amount of stress. Do
what works for you!
- Do less.
It’s very difficult to have a relaxed workday
if you have too much going on. Instead, learn to reduce
what you do, but choose the most impactful tasks and
projects — the ones that will mean the most over
the long term. Choose three important things to achieve
each day. Those are the three things that you can do
today that will have the most impact in your life.
- Create a morning routine.
And make it a relaxing one. That could include some
of the things below, such as exercise, a hot bath, or
quiet working time. For some, it means getting up earlier
so as not be so rushed.
- Prepare the night before.
An evening routine is also essential to starting your
day right. This might include things like choosing your
three Most Important Tasks for the next day, so you
know what you’re going to do when you wake up.
It might mean getting your clothes ready.
- Get in some morning exercise.
A nice morning workout is a wonderful thing. It relaxes
you, and gives you a sense of well being and accomplishment.
- Work when it’s quiet.
Some like to do work early in the morning, when everyone
is sleeping. For others, that might be late at night
instead. Whatever works best for you.
- Create a clutter-free environment.
This is key for many, as you might also know by now.
Clutter-free surroundings create a peaceful working
- Turn off the distractions.
That means phones, email notification, instant messaging,
anything that will break into your focus and make you
jump from one thing to another.
- Cut back on your commitments.
Evaluate all the things you’ve got going on in
your life, and see what isn’t essential. This
means choosing 4-5 essential things in your life, and
trying to eliminate the rest over time.
- Cut out meetings.
If you have the ability to opt out of meetings, do so.
They are generally a waste of time. Sure, it’s
possible that a meeting is the most productive way to
do something, but it’s rarely done. Usually the
point of a meeting could be accomplished with email,
or an IM. Cutting out meetings could free up a lot of
time and make your workday more relaxed.
Focus is everything. Try not to switch constantly between
what you're doing and email and surfing the web and
other tasks you have to do.
- Take breaks and stretch.
While focusing on one task at a time is important, it’s
also important to take breaks when you can. Get up,
stretch, get a glass of water. Massage your shoulders,
neck and head. It keeps you relaxed throughout the day.
- Go for a walk.
Walking helps me get perspective, to think, to get a
better overall picture on your workday and life. Plus
it gets the blood circulating.
- Do mini-meditations.
This doesn’t require a mat or a temple or soothing
tapes or anything. Just sit where you are, close your
eyes, and focus on your breathing — on your breath
as it comes into your body, and then goes out.
- Learn to focus on the present.
Related to the mini-meditations and single-tasking.
Basically, instead of worrying about what you have to
do in the future, and instead of reliving things you
did in the past, focus on what you’re doing right
now. This can be difficult, as our minds have a tendency
to wander to other things, but it’s simply a matter
of practice - be aware of where your mind is, and when
it drifts to other things, gently bring it back to the
present. This helps keep your mind in a peaceful place
all day long.
- Roll with the punches.
There will always be things that go wrong. What is important
is how we react to them — do we go all Drama Queen,
and get stressed and upset? Or do we accept what has
happened, and make a calm decision about what to do
now? When things get overwhelming, take a step back
to get some perspective, and realize that in a few months,
none of this will really matter much — and then
take steps to eliminate the non-essential and focus
on what’s really important.