5 Small Actions to Make Your Work Day More Purposeful


When faced with a displeasing task at work, it’s like, our whole body rejects it.

Minutes start to feel like, hours.

Physically, we can grind our teeth, tense our muscles and breath heavier (out of irritation). Mentally, we fuel our frustration with internal dialogues such as “I’m only doing this work because I have to” or “I hate this task, SO much, when will it end?!”.

However, when we dig deeper, tasks, however boring, have a greater purpose for us – we just need to see them.

One of my favourite quotes off all time is (Oscar Wilde) “We are all in the gutter but some of us are looking at the stars”. Why? Because it’s a reminder that our reality is just an embodiment of our interpretations.

So, even if we are having a series of unfortunate events (spilled coffee, late trains, angry clients to name a few) a simple shift in our outlook can make our work day so much better – here’s five tips to make your day more purposeful

1.Listen to great music

Several studies show that listening to music can lower blood pressure, reduce stress, and boost mood. The right music has the power to change your attitude. So, create an amazing playlist – get pumped up – and burn through your most dreaded tasks.

2.Tasks and motivations chart

Draw up a table with two columns.

In the left column, write your to-do tasks (include the work tasks you hate). In the right column, write your motivation for completing each tasks.

There is always a method to the madness. Keeping your eye on the motivation can help you to focus when you feel clouded by boredom/frustration.

According to Charles Duhigg, author of Smarter Faster Better, reminding ourselves of how a small action fits into a bigger objective makes it easier to link our small efforts to more meaningful aspirations.

3.Cross off your list

Did you know that seeing progress releases endorphins in your brain, ultimately making you more productive? Every time you finish an unpleasant task make sure to cross it off your list – it will make you feel great after!

4.Just do it

Don’t leave unwanted tasks until the end of the day, week (year!). Get them out of the way, straight away.

You are most active and productive in the morning, so the best time to tackle a difficult task is when you feel most on point. Imagine how the rest of your day/week would look with all of the daunting tasks out of the way?

5. Clock the value

Why do people meditate? Why do people long distance run? Or, hold painful yoga positions for long amounts of time? One word – endurance.

Do you know what you’re really, made of?

Will you just give up when the going gets tough or fight until the finish line? Pushing yourself through things you dislike is a great benchmark for how you apply yourself, in other parts of your life. So, who do you want to be? The quitter or the fighter?

Author: Leila Mezoughi

Leila is PCA’s Head Editor and Researcher. She holds a 1st class Law with Business degree and became a published author at 25. Former crime investigator turned business journalist. On a mission to show businesses that presenteeism is a thing of the past. Everything seems impossible until it’s done. Typically found working from a white beach in South-East Asia embracing rapidly changing technology.

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