Setting Intentions for your Work Week

In the hustle and bustle of our busy work weeks, it’s not surprising that come Friday, we often feel slightly deflated. But, why do we feel this way? 

Feeling deflated or worn out by the end of the work week is a common experience for many people, and there are several potential reasons why this may happen.

As the week goes on, we often accumulate physical and mental fatigue from work, which can gradually wear us down. Work-related stress can accumulate throughout the week, leading to exhaustion or even burnout. Additionally, if your work is monotonous and routine, it can contribute to feelings of boredom and lack of motivation, which may intensify over the course of the week.

At Willow Oak, one thing we are a really big fan of is setting a positive tone and starting our week off right, which begins by setting intentions for each day.

Here are some tips that have helped us start each day off right and make our workweeks much more productive:

Wake up at a consistent time and arrive at work early. Try to wake up at the same time every day to establish a consistent sleep routine. Not only will this benefit your quality of sleep, you’ll develop a morning routine and not feel rushed by the time you step foot in the office. Because let’s face it, feeling rushed isn’t serving anyone. The pressure associated with feeling behind can add an extra layer of stress that is easily avoidable with careful consideration and planning.

Remember to breathe throughout the day. Incorporating breath exercises into your day can help to alleviate anxiety and stress. To start, let your breath flow as deep down into your belly as is comfortable, without forcing it. Try breathing in through your nose and out through your mouth and practice breathing in gently and regularly throughout the day. Do you prefer something a little more physical? A short workout can boost your mood and energy levels, so consider going for a quick walk or doing some light stretching. 

Practice gratitude and adjust your mood. Taking time to focus on the things you're grateful for can help shift your mindset from a negative one to a positive one. This can help improve your mood and give you a sense of appreciation for what you have. 

Plan out your day. Planning your day is also essential for productivity. By creating a task list and prioritizing your activities, you can ensure that you stay on track and accomplish what you need to. This can help reduce feelings of overwhelm and stress, as you know exactly what you need to do and when.

Remember, what works best for one person might not work for another, so it's important to find a routine that works for you and your lifestyle.

Our mission is to empower our clients to focus on the work that they love to do by doing the work that we love to do.

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