It’s a struggle. Every day you wake up, take a shower in the same way, go to work via the same road and sit in the exact same position in the exact same cubicle. Monotonous, soul crushing and ambition killing. You don’t have to be a slave to your monotony though, here are some ways to stir things up and make time fly.
Have you ever sat at your desk looking at the clock on your computer so intensely that you could swear that you stopped time? Well the reason for that is because your brain’s an asshole. Take a little trip with me down memory lane, when the Ninja Turtles were eating pizza, clothes were offensively colorful and the economy was doing great. The summers back then seemed to last forever because they were chalked full of novel experiences which makes the brain perceive time as stretched out. The logic behind it isn’t actually convoluted psycho-scientific jargon, it’s simply the brain skims repeated actions or events to reserve cognitive resources, thus making time seem condensed or shortened. This is why as a child periods of time seem longer, yet as we grow older time seems to pass rapidly.
The thing is, when you’re bored your brain-clock speeds up, because usually when you’re bored, you’re doing a repetitive task, and the brain is skimming information, but now it’s having the opposite effect. Like I said your brain’s an asshole. But here are some ways to trick that asshole.
1. Don’t adhere too closely to a routine
Do you do things in the exact same order every single day? Although it may seem inefficient or counterproductive, changing up your schedule once in a while might actually help make the day seem shorter. If you stay in the office for lunch, grab your lunch and go outside. Choose a different route to get to work. Change the sequence of things you do during your day.
Although it may seem a bit counterintuitive, regularly expending energy at the beginning of your day can actually increase your energy throughout the day. I don’t know how that works I’m just quoting Mayo Clinic’s website.
If you feel groggy around the middle of the day, your body is going to make you crave high energy foods. Try not to run to the vending machine or coffee pot though. Instead, opt for food items that will slowly release energy, not give you a spike of energy like sugar or coffee that will inevitably make you crash a few minutes later.
Although the brain is a manipulative asshole, you too can manipulate it back. Concentrating too intensely on a boring task, as I mentioned above, can slow down the perception of time and make you feel like you’re trapped in a perpetual time loop, or something else equivalently sci-fi-esque. Instead of concentrating on the time, concentrate on the task at hand and that way you can approach it creatively.
5. Work like a creative (kind of)
Most creative people work in small intervals of intense activity and short periods of rest. Although an office environment would allow you to work on and off in the same fashion, you can get up, stretch and walk around for a few minutes to clear your mind and change environment.
Are there any other ways that you use to get through the day? Well help a fellow cubicle dweller out and let me know in the comment section below!