Most of you have seen the movie Groundhog Day where a weatherman lives the same day over and over again. Unfortunately this concept is not only found in a movies, but I’m sure that there are many people living each day in a very similar and systematic manner.
Growing up I always knew that I couldn’t be happy in a typical 9-5 job. I have had many jobs in my 20s and that included some jobs that I did’t enjoy as much. They didn’t get me excited to get out of bed in the morning. In fact, I would be looking at the clock all day for it to hit 5pm so I could go home and enjoy my day. That’s a sad reality, isn’t it? The even sadder reality is that there are so many people that live this lifestyle, year in year out. Living for the weekends and the holidays. In my opinion, that’s not what life is about. Since you spend more time at work then anywhere else, you should really find something that motivates, inspires and challenges you. A big part of that is workplace culture. If you don’t have a great team of people that you deal with on a regular basis, it can truly make or break the enjoyment you get out of your workplace.
I understand that not everyone has a choice. A choice to pick a job that they love. A job that doesn’t feel like a job but more to be paid for doing something you love. That’s the dream isn’t it?
In this post, I’ll share with you some tips on how to avoid Groundhog Day in your life. It will hopefully help you get out of the depressed slump and into a more positive mindset.
Create more time for you
We all have busy schedules but it’s time to stop glorifying it. When you live a lifestyle that feels like every day is the same, creating time to look after yourself and get quality sleep, eat well, spend time outdoors and unwind is super important. These are the things that will keep you healthy and mentally sane. Look for the opportunities and make sure you prioritise them. Yes you can skip that 10 minute yoga session in the morning because you need to catch up on emails, but you’ll feel like sore and stiff all day at your desk. If you don’t look after yourself, no one else will. Make sure you take responsibility.
The word gratitude is thrown around a lot lately and so many people have become hooked on it because it’s such a simple task yet so effective! Groundhog Day can make you feel pretty miserable and not appreciate what you do have. Taking a few minutes each day to say to yourself what you’re grateful for can change your perspective quite dramatically. A few things that I like to remind myself of is that I live in a city that is safe, I have a beautiful home, have a loving family and a wonderful husband. The thing that I’m personally most grateful for is that I am living the life that I want to live. Inspiring others through The Minimalist Vegan and sharing amazing brands and products through Fairlings. Even though I can have a day where things feel like they’re going to shit, I know that I’m luckier than millions of people out there that don’t have a choice to be doing what they’re doing or to even earn in a month what I earn in a day. Be grateful even for the simple things in life like having clean drinking water and access to a bed.
Look at the positives
Looking at the positives is similar to being grateful but the concept is different. To see the positives in a negative situation can really help you create a day that is beyond your control into one that had ended with a smile. For example, the printer breaks down and the work website crashes. This could be an opportunity to make sure that you have the website up to date (once it’s back up and running), double check that you have a backup saved regularly and see if you can update any processes that normally are printed but that could be saved or sent digitally instead saving you paper.
Create or find other opportunities
If work is really getting you down or you are bored of the same day every day, try looking into other job opportunities. I know that it can be scary, especially if you are somewhat comfortable with the routine that you have. It can be challenging to step out of your comfort zone but honestly, when decisions like this are made, they can completely change your life and the purpose to living can be magnified x100! Ask yourself the question “If I could do anything, what would it be?” I know so many people that have all these amazing dreams of maybe one day doing the thing that they love. You can see it in their face, they light up when they talk about it. What is blocking you from starting it? What are the obstacles?
We only have today. That’s it. Tomorrow and yesterday are just illusions. You have right now. What do you want to do right now? Don’t waste your life being complacent and settling for things because they are easy or comfortable.
Do something for someone else
What normally makes my day is when I do something for someone else. It could even be the smallest things like letting a car in front of me in traffic, going out of my way to get something to someone or sending a message to a friend letting them know I’m thinking of them. This is what makes us human. Connecting and showing love.
Don’t mistake it however with gift giving. You can easily buy something for someone and call it a day. However, giving them your attention and helping them when they need it is completely different. If you do some small thing for someone else on a daily basis, that will make you in turn feel better about yourself. It’s really a win, win situation.
In a work scenario, you could help someone with their work if you see that they are struggling. You might try your hand at something different and they will be grateful that they got on top of the task with your assistance. Give to give, not to receive.
Create projects and hobbies
This is a really important point. We all have things that we are interested in and that we enjoy doing in our spare time. To keep the mundane 9-5 week interesting, make sure you sign up to that yoga or cooking class that you’ve been wanting to for a while. This will introduce you to people that have similar interested to you and you can make life long friends.
If you’re not much of a social butterfly, things like taking up painting/drawing or creating that veggie patch you’ve been wanting to create for years. Also, with the age of the internet, the world is your oyster! Sign up to that short language course or learn photography. Projects and hobbies will give you something to look forward to and can even open up opportunities for self employment if you’re really loving it!
Hopefully this post triggers some of you to look at change if you live the same day every day. I’m very passionate about this topic and if you know me personally I could talk about it all day! What did you get out of this post? Is there any other advice that you would lend someone that is stuck in Groundhog Day?