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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 March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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