Everyone has “one of those days.” It’s the type of day where everything is going wrong from the moment you get out of bed, and you feel like the world is against you. It’s the day where no matter what you do, everything at work is pulling you down, and it can be paralyzing and unproductive. You end up not wanting to check your email, work on projects in fear of screwing up, you don’t even want to sneeze. What you really want is an easy win. Here are some useful and productive tasks that you can complete during your free time.
Being thoughtful is unlikely to ever work against you. If you’re refilling your coffee, grab something for your co-worker, too. Small gestures are appreciated.
Send Networking Notes
Professional relationships are essential, but they typically get pushed to the back of the line when work life gets busy. Take a few moments to send an email, note, or LinkedIn message to a professional contact. It helps to keep that connection strong, and possibly open doors for you.
Take a Break
It’s vital that you allow yourself a break every few hours at work, and make sure you move from your desk. Go outside, get some fresh air, and enjoy the silence. It can change your attitude quickly and refresh how you feel.
Give a Compliment
If you’re having a bad day at work, there’s a chance that someone else is, too. Tell your colleague that they did an incredible job on that presentation they did, or that the homemade snacks they brought in were delicious. Being positive never hurts, and giving compliments makes the giver and the recipient feel good.
Disinfect Your Phone and Computer
You might not know this, but your phone is more than ten times dirtier than your toilet seat. Yuck! Don’t worry; you’re not alone. During the spare time that you have, grab some disinfectant wipes and clean off your phone and your computer. Bonus points if you have pressurized air that can get in between the keys of your keyboard.
Unsubscribe from Emails
If you are always receiving emails, there’s a good chance that it’s only adding to your stress. Unsubscribe from them! Get rid of any sales emails or lists that you mysteriously ended up on and leave only work-related emails. You are going to be surprised with how good it feels, and how the sense of control can quickly change your mood of the day.
Organize Computer Files
If your desktop is a disaster, you’re not the only one. Have you ever just stashed random files into folders just to free up space on your desktop? You’re not the only one. Take a breath of air, and then spend some time organizing the folders on your desktop and ensuring all of your files are in their respected space. If it’s something you’re confident that you don’t need anymore, delete it.
Get Lunch with a Co-Worker
There’s a good chance that you have a friendly and professional relationship with a colleague. On your bad days at work, get lunch with them. They can provide you with different insight and some advice that you otherwise might not think about. They can also make you laugh and turn your attitude into something positive for the second half of the day.
No one wants to feel like they are walking on eggshells while at work. If you’re having one of those days at work, or even have some extra time, turn to some of the above tips to get you some easy wins. Not only are they going to make you feel better and change your outlook on the day, but they’re great for the ego, too. Stop stressing over the negative; the tips above are sure to help, so you don’t have to put a you-shaped hole through the wall of your office.