Tuesday, 10 April 2018

Tips For Getting Out Of A Nine To Five Rut | Lifestyle

Sometimes I find myself at my desk, absent-mindedly staring out the window, asking myself important questions. Like how many work emails have I actually sent in my working life? Or exactly how many cups of tea I have guzzled since discovering the office kitchen...

Having a routine is great but I think it's only natural to feel overly-comfortable and a little stagnant when you've worked in the same place or role for a number of years. I've jotted down a few things you can do to help work your way out of a nine to five rut and feel energised and motivated again. 

Step away from your desk

If you work in an office you'll only know how easy it is to lunch at your desk and waste away your lunch hour. Don't get me wrong, I love an ASOS lunchtime browse but getting out of the office for fresh air and a change of scene can help improve concentration and give you some perspective, particularly if it's been a busy or stressful start to the day.

Update your CV

Even if you aren't job hunting, keeping your CV up to date is a great way of tracking your skills and progress and reminding you of your own abilities. You've gotten this far for a reason, own it! And if you do then get the itch to apply for a new role, you won't have to panic about updating your five year old CV against a looming deadline. 

Utilise LinkedIn

Similar to my first point, it's important to keep your Linkedin profile up to date - or setting one up if you haven't already done so. I'm guilty of not looking after my profile as much as I should - I list my employment history nut need to add a brief summary of each role so that's my homework for the week. LinkedIn is essentially virtual networking so there's no harm in showing off where you've worked or what you've achieved. Following brands and companies in your industry and beyond is also an easy way to keep up with the latest news and trends.  

Work on your side hustle

Whether it's a blog, youtube channel or small business - doing something for yourself gives you a mental and physical break from the nine to five job and routine. You could be running your own social media account, writing, organising an event or teaching a class, make it something you enjoy so you have a creative outlet alongside your day job.

Talk it out

Talk to colleagues (and if you feel comfortable) management or HR about your position (professionally and with realistic expectations). It may feel a little bit cheeky asking others to set aside time to talk about your role and career, but if your employer truly values you they will hear you out. There's no harm asking, you may be given more responsibilities or new projects to work on - maybe even opportunities to shadow senior team members or other departments. Even if you've been in a role for a few years, don't assume there are no other options left for you.


These days we are lucky to have so much information at our fingertips, there's really no excuse not to keep learning. Many employers offer some form of training but if not, there are tonnes of resources online, including many free courses - Coursea is a great example. It may seem overwhelming knowing where to start, especially if you've settled into a day job with a fixed routine but if you want to push yourself, pick one area and dedicate time to study and build on it.

These are just some ways that give me a boost when I feel my motivation wavering. Not only will they allow you to push yourself and continue looking for ways to better your skills, they may also help boost productivity at work. I hope some of you find them useful too!

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