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How To Avoid Mind-Numbing Routines While Working

“As long as habit and routine dictate the pattern of living, new dimensions of the soul will not emerge.” – Henry Van Dyke

Do you find that your work has become less of a challenge and more of a chore? We can struggle to find motivation to work when the fun is long gone, and the only reason we continue is because bills need paying.


But this isn’t an inevitable fact. We can breathe fresh life into our routines while working, and increase our happiness. Here are four ways you can do so:

Set New Challenges

The main reason that we feel bored and disillusional with routines is that we no longer feel challenged. The same chores every day soon become as easy as getting out of bed, and the mind then starts to struggle to find stimulation. I had this problem for a long time, so I know the stress it inflicts.

Try and mix things up at work by setting new challenges. What can you do that will stimulate your mind into creative action? What can you do differently? For example, I mixed it up by always ensuring that I did the hardest part first, so that my mind would be most occupied when it was at its creative peak.

Look at your tasks within your routine. How can you make them more challenging? Maybe take on new roles, or accept a larger role in order to show your credentials? Whatever you do, make sure it will be challenging for you.

Remove The Unnecessary

Sometimes, we can get burdened down with minor chores and endless e-mails to the point where we can feel overwhelmed by it all. This can easily happen to anyone, especially on a ‘busy’ day where the flow of work coming in doesn’t seem to end. What can we do to ease the frustration?

I suggest removing the unnecessary. Get rid of any chores that aren’t necessary to you or the business. And when I say ‘necessary’, I mean those which the company can survive even if they don’t get done. For example, a lot of e-mails are just updates and confirmations, which you may already know. Delete them. Some paperwork is also just confirmation, so bin them.

Try and cut away as much ‘fat’ as possible, and leave only that which is necessary. Focus on quality over quantity.

Focus On Helping Others

We are usually surrounded by other people when we work, whether they be colleagues in an office, or customers and clients who we’re working for. These people, like yourself, have their own needs and wants, and often struggle to get them met.

If you’re struggling to find meaningful work, why not help others out? No matter where you work, there’s always somebody with some problem, whether its you, your colleague, your partner or your client’s friend. Take time away from your mind-numbing schedule to help them with their problem.

If you’re painting someone’s living room, help them with their computer troubles. If your colleague is struggling with an important project, help them with other work so they can focus on their deadline. Wherever you are, others need help.

Stop Complaining

If you still find yourself stuck in a routine, then stop for a moment. Just stop working, stop complaining about your work, and look around. Look at yourself. Is this where you want to be in your life right now?

When we stop and take the time to reflect, we see our life in the grand scheme of things, and we get the chance to decide whether or nor we’re in a good place right now. By reflecting, we can remove ourselves from the moaning of our stressed brains, and we can discover what we’re doing with our lives.

Are you where you want to be? Perhaps it’s time for a change?

  • TrafficColeman

    I change up my patters each day, I’m never doing the same thing back to back because I want to bored myself..these are the things you must do..

    “Black Seo Guy “Signing Off”

    • Stuart

      Keep changing the patters Coleman, and avoid the trap of boredom ;-)

  • Stuart

    Thanks for giving me this wonderful opportunity Alex, I appreciate it :-)

  • William Tha Great

    Hey Stuart,

    Your always right on point my man I have to give you that. Aha’ ( :

    I think it’s time everyone stop complaining about their situation get off their butts, and freaking make something happen! Good things never come to those who do nothing everyday waiting for something to come their way. The only way you are going to reach your goals is to rise and shine, then get on your hustle. People need to stop waisting time and get onto what’s really important in their life you feel me?

    In this life you live time is one of the most valuable things your have on your side, and the last thing you want to do is waist. Work hard now and have a the blessings later, but much sooner then the next person. ( :

    Keep working hard!

    God bless,
    William Veasley

    • Stuart

      You’ve got it spot on William! If you want change and happiness, then you need to make change and happiness happen! No-one will do it for you!

      I feel you dude :-)

      • William Tha Great

        Hey Stuart,

        I’m glad you see it the way I do. You are taking action today to make a better future for yourself tomorrow. I’m sure things don’t always go the way you desire, but you keep pushing forward without looking back.

        God bless,
        William Veasley

  • Henway

    I think discontent at the workplace is a good thing. It means you aren’t where you want to be in life. The worst thing is actually settle and be mind numbing to everything around you, and think you are forever trapped. Of course, you don’t want to be too depressed, or it’ll have bad physical effects.

    • Stuart

      Interesting Henway, I agree with you that discontent can provide insights into your life situation. But don’t take it too far. Once you’ve realised that something is not for you, make steps to change it A.S.A.P. :-)

  • Wes Towers@Graphic Design Melbourne

    Great stuff you have here, Stuart. Routines do breed discontent and stress. Aside from all the things you mentioned here, I think we should also take the time to stretch out and relax a bit in between work hours. I either walk a block or just sit back and stare at some greens to cool my head and rest my eyes. Sometimes, routines become less so if you know how to decompress and de-stress.

    • Stuart

      Thanks Wes, you’re right; relaxing at intervals is vital. Helps to reduce the boredom and stress, works every time ;-)

  • Samuel

    Awesome post Stuart! I agree with your points. Most especially the idea of helping others and stop complaining! It helps out big time! Thanks so much for sharing :)

    • Stuart

      Thanks Samuel, I think by treating others better at work, you then start to treat yourself better. It also works the other way round, if you treat yourself better first.

      It just works :-)

  • Andrew @ Blogging Guide

    You’ve really hit the nail smack down the middle here Stuart. I truly loved the read. Thank you so much for sharing.

    • Stuart

      Hm, if someone says to me that I’ve whacked a nail right on the head, or down the middle, or anywhere decent, I know I’ve done my job. Thanks Andrew :-)

  • Justine

    Brilliant ideas Stuart! Personally, I’m really getting myself into routines in my office work and I don’t like it. Good thing is I’m aware about that because if I’m not, there’s nothing that I would do to counter that situation. Your post is something that I really need as of the moment to think better of things. I’m grateful I’ve came across it. Thanks a lot!

    • Stuart

      Hey Justine, thanks for commenting! Glad I could help out too.

      Just bear what I said in mind, maybe print this article out and take it to work with you? Much love :-)

  • Leona@ Beauty Salon Birmingham

    There are some great ideas here, I am getting myself into routines also @ Justine, and it can be annoying and repetitive. However I try to just ask for different jobs that will make my everyday work more interestinf and less repetitive.

    • Stuart

      Hey Leona, thanks for commenting! Good idea with asking for different jobs, it can help satisfy your hunger, and show your bosses your desire to achieve great things.

      Take care :-)

  • waterpearls

    Hey Stuart,good topic and I think it is happened to almost all of the people that they feel sometimes bored with there routine work because they dont find it challenging.
    Good tips for not making a bored routine life.

    • Stuart

      Thank you for the kind words, here’s to defeating boredom :-)

  • van025

    I try to just ask for different jobs that will make my everyday work more interestinf and less repetitive

    • Stuart Mills

      Fair response, it’s best to avoid the repetitiveness of work ;-)

  • Alan @ Work At Home

    I love a good challenge, and challenging myself is the best motivation I could ever have. It’s important to set goals and put forth a plan of action to reach those goals and overcome those challenges. Being lazy, complaining and making excuses won’t get you any closer to your goals.

    • Stuart Mills

      Hi Alan, thanks for leaving a comment here!

      Challenges are certainly great in helping us reach our goals, they provide us with that ‘kick’ we need ;-)

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