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30 Ways To Add Fun To Your Daily Routine

30 Ways To Add Fun To Your Daily Routine

Do you ever feel like every day is a VCR rewind of the day before? Tying ourselves down to a daily schedule that never changes can suck all the fun out of living in a hurry. Combat boredom with these 30 ways to add fun to your daily routine.

1. Cut the Clutter

The more distractions cluttering up your life, the harder it will be to add fun to your routine. Clear your desk of clutter and eliminate unnecessary tasks that serve no purpose.

2. Laugh to Your Heart’s Content

If we wake up in a funk, it’s easy to find ourselves in a bummer of a mood that is hard to shake off. Start your day by reading funny comics in your newspaper or watching a quick video on YouTube that puts a smile on your face. Just in case you’re interested, here’s my feel-good-video-of-choice:

3. Change Your Morning Routine

Add a nice splash of variety to your life by switching up your morning routine. Do you usually eat breakfast at the table? Take your breakfast out to the porch and listen to the birds sing. Do you typically start your day by working out at the gym? Take your training outdoors by running sprints on a nature trail or track.

4. Dance Like No One’s Watching

Movement is a wonderful activity that you can enjoy any time for $0. Crank up your favorite 80’s jam and dance in your living room. You might feel silly, but I dare you to try this and tell me it wasn’t fun.

5. Sing in the Shower

Belt out a song from your favorite Broadway musical during your morning shower if you want to instantly feel better.

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6. Go People Watching

I often wonder why people are so interested in television, because I find real life much more fascinating. Pack up your lunch and take it to a bench downtown. Watch the bustling city life unfold and be happy in the fact that you are not alone.

7. Strike Up a Conversation

Talking to strangers might be intimidating but it is so very fulfilling. Strike up a chat with the woman serving you coffee, the family in front of you at the grocery store, or a new co-worker who seems a little shy.

8. Do Something Stupid

Go to the park and happily skip like no one’s watching. Lay down flat on your back in a crowded mall, wait for someone to come see if anything is the matter and explain, “I’m okay, I just felt like resting for a moment.” As silly as this might sound, it is purposeful because it will help you build confidence (plus the look on their face will be priceless!). 

9. Listen to Nature Sounds

Go outside and listen to the crickets chirping, birds singing and wind blowing. Focus really hard and be amazed by the beautiful nature sounds that you’ve been too busy to notice.

10. Join a Club

Are you a new mom, a pet-lover, a gaming enthusiast, or an artist? If so, I can almost guarantee there is a club of people just like you who would be so happy to have you in their life .

11. Reconnect with an Old Friend

When life gets busy, it’s easy to lose touch with even the best of friends. Scan through your contacts until you see a name that makes you think, “I wonder what happened to them?” Call them to re-connect, and if they are local, make plans for next weekend.

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12. Walk It Off

Instead of driving straight home from work, stop at a local park for a quick walk to burn some calories, clear your thoughts, catch some rays, and maybe even see cute ducks.

13. Challenge Yourself

What do you want to be remembered for? Answer that question and challenge yourself to make it happen.

14. Strike a Pose

It is uber important to love your body as it is. To encourage a healthy dose of self-love at the top of your day, go ahead and strike a pose while you’re in front of the mirror. Flex your muscles, pose, smile, and be happy in the wonderful vessel that is you.

15. Become an Expert

Choose a topic that fascinates you and read one article per day about that very thing. If repeated over weeks and months, you’ll be so well-versed in this topic that you could start a Facebook page or blog for the purpose of educating the masses. You will also have a fresh batch of conversation starters for parties and social outings.

16. Make a Difference

Animal shelters, children’s museums, and soup kitchens are always in need of volunteers. Choose an activity that connects with you and fill your time by making the world a better place.

17. Learn a Joke

The workplace can become a place of monotony, so learn a new joke if you want to supply your co-workers with a much-needed laugh during the daily grind. Rehearse your routine on the phone with a close friend if you want to perfect your timing and delivery before aiming for the funny bone in a public setting.

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18. Treat Yourself

To take care of others, you must first take care of yourself. When is the last time you treated yourself to a glorious spa or relaxing massage?

19. Drive Away with No Destination in Mind

Have some time to kill? Get in the car and start driving. Explore the back roads that you’ve never ventured to in all the years you’ve been in your city. Go to a neighboring city you haven’t visited and stop at a random restaurant without researching a single thing about it.

20. Take a Class

Feeling active? Take up a yoga or spin class. Feeling artsy? Learn a new craft like stitching, pottery, or painting. If you’d like to increase your confidence and public speaking ability, join an acting class or audition for a community theater production. If you want to learn how to protect yourself, find a self-defense or martial-arts class.

21. Make a Collage

Search through the photos saved to your computer or Facebook account and make a collage with a specific theme in mind. You can doctor up your photos with enhancements and artistic touches for free at Pixlr.

22. Begin a Diary

Who says you ever get too old for a diary? I keep a journal to this day because expressing my thoughts in words helps me cherish my positive memories and deal with my negative ones.

23. Excite Your Palate

Do you eat the same stuff all the time? If so, your poor taste buds are probably bored to tears. Do you usually eat apples and bananas? Swap those out with something new and exciting like mangos, pears, peaches, or plums. Do you usually have plain scrambled eggs in the morning? Upgrade to an omelette that includes mozzarella cheese, hot sauce, and a veggie of your choice (diced tomatoes, chopped onions, and sliced spinach work well if you’re looking for suggestions). 

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24. Change Your Look

How long has your hair been in its current state? Tell your stylist you are ready for change and want to look like a whole new person. Ask them to help you dig through one of those big books of hair styles in the waiting room and suggest styles that would work well with your facial features.

25. Pretend to Be a Tourist

Ask yourself, “If I had a close friend coming into town to visit me and I had 24 hours to make sure they had a heck of a time, where would I take them?” Make a plan to answer that question and then go do all of those things yourself.

26. Explore Your Memory Bank

Take a moment to relax and think about past memories that brought you great joy. Are there any old stomping grounds where you had tons of fun that you haven’t visited in a very long time? If so, go visit those places. When you do, I bet you’ll be flooded with more positive memories that you forgot about until now.

27. Embrace Your Curiosity

A curious mind rarely experiences boredom. Aim to be fascinated by everything that surrounds you. If you can find beauty in the ordinary, you’ll never be bored again.

28. Shake-Up Your Surroundings

It’s easy to become stagnate if our surroundings never change. Try shaking up the layout of your living room to make it more fun and interesting. You could do something as simple as swapping the couch with the recliner, moving your kitchen table to a new angle, or adding some new decorations to your living room.

29. Adopt a Pet

Do you live alone and feel lonely? Adopt a dog from your local shelter if you’d like to have a new companion who will greet you with a burst of excitement every time you walk in the door. If a dog would require more attention than you can muster, a cat might be a better option since felines are as independent as they come.

30. Do Something Different

A person can only do the same exact thing so many times before they get bored. The best way to add fun to your daily routine is to do something different, no matter how big or small, as much as possible. A regular slice of variety will help you stay interested in the daily activity of living. Do you have any fun ideas that you would add to this list? If so, please comment below!

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Last Updated on December 2, 2018

How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

Ebb and flow. Contraction and expansion. Highs and lows. It’s all about the cycles of life.

The entire course of our life follows this up and down pattern of more and then less. Our days flow this way, each following a pattern of more energy, then less energy, more creativity and periods of greater focus bookended by moments of low energy when we cringe at the thought of one more meeting, one more call, one more sentence.

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The key is in understanding how to use the cycles of ebb and flow to our advantage. The ability to harness these fluctuations, understand how they affect our productivity and mood and then apply that knowledge as a tool to improve our lives is a valuable strategy that few individuals or corporations have mastered.

Here are a few simple steps to start using this strategy today:

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Review Your Past Flow

Take just a few minutes to look back at how your days and weeks have been unfolding. What time of the day are you the most focused? Do you prefer to be more social at certain times of the day? Do you have difficulty concentrating after lunch or are you energized? Are there days when you can’t seem to sit still at your desk and others when you could work on the same project for hours?

Do you see a pattern starting to emerge? Eventually you will discover a sort of map or schedule that charts your individual productivity levels during a given day or week.  That’s the first step. You’ll use this information to plan your days going forward.

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Schedule According to Your Flow Pattern

Look at the types of things you do each day…each week. What can you move around so that it’s a better fit for you? Can you suggest to your team that you schedule meetings for late morning if you can’t stand to be social first thing? Can you schedule detailed project work or highly creative tasks, like writing or designing when you are best able to focus? How about making sales calls or client meetings on days when you are the most social and leaving billing or reports until another time when you are able to close your door and do repetitive tasks.

Keep in mind that everyone is different and some things are out of our control. Do what you can. You might be surprised at just how flexible clients and managers can be when they understand that improving your productivity will result in better outcomes for them.

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Account for Big Picture Fluctuations

Look at the bigger picture. Consider what happens during different months or times during the year. Think about what is going on in the other parts of your life. When is the best time for you to take on a new project, role or responsibility? Take into account other commitments that zap your energy. Do you have a sick parent, a spouse who travels all the time or young children who demand all of your available time and energy?

We all know people who ignore all of this advice and yet seem to prosper and achieve wonderful success anyway, but they are usually the exception, not the rule. For most of us, this habitual tendency to force our bodies and our brains into patterns of working that undermine our productivity result in achieving less than desired results and adding more stress to our already overburdened lives.

Why not follow the ebb and flow of your life instead of fighting against it?

    Featured photo credit: Nathan Dumlao via unsplash.com

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