Little Things You Can Do to Defeat the Daily Grind

I have recently returned to a daily work week schedule, meaning I clock in for five days straight every week. So far, it’s been pretty good! I am enjoying the change in pacing, but I am worried that soon I might fall into the daily grind. It has not happened yet, but I see it sneaking up around the corner!

This is something everyone must be familiar with. Not everyone leads a dynamic life in which every day holds something new and exciting! Actually, very few really do. Regardless, everyone has at one point or another suffered the daily grind, so I want to share a few suggestions to remedy that.

Ready to kick the daily grind aside? Check out these tips below!

Little Things You Can Do to Defeat the Daily Grind

Change something everyday/week

The repetition of everyday contributes to what is called the daily grind. Life seems monotonous and boring as each day repeats itself until you get to the weekend, and then each week repeats itself until the months both fly by and drag on painfully slowly.

To break up the flow of this, you’re going to want to change not only your outfit everyday but also your hairstyle. Stop putting your hair in the same down-do or up-do that I’m sure you flaunt with panache everyday. Try to mix it up with half up-dos, hairbands, pins, braids, and more.

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The same goes for repetitive weeks. Every week, switch out your handbag for another one. This not only gives you the chance to clean it out so it’s not some Mary Poppins black-hole weekender but also lifts your mood in a small way without denting your pockets (as in, this is not me saying you should go rushing to buy all the handbags).

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You could also change up your nail color every week or every two weeks. I personally find that when my nails are done and looking good, everything I do seems more theatrical and exciting in a sense. My accessories, like rings, look better, as well, which up the self-importance when I’m doing anything from typing to picking food out of my teeth. This goes along with the concept that if you look good, you feel good.

Make the commute fun

Rather than fuming over the traffic or how long the bus line is, you need to take advantage of the commutes. The morning is the perfect time to get yourself pumped up for the day ahead or mellow out in a place of tranquility, whichever you prefer or need for that specific day. For example, you can listen to a morning meditation or catch up on the news. If you have a meeting that day, you can listen to a podcast on confidence or handling stress. The evening, as you head back home, is the perfect time to unwind or unleash frustrations by blasting your favorite music or listening to podcasters who seem more like friends. This gives you something to look forward to at the end of the day.

Additionally, I think this is the perfect opportunity for the self-care, self-improvement, and enhanced education most people keep saying they want but insisting they don’t have the time for. Why not do something productive outside of work by learning a new language through podcasts or apps while you’re on the go, either to or from work? Same goes for listening to audio books if you truly believe you don’t have the time for some good ol’ fashioned reading (c’mon, we all know you do). You will feel better, like there are some improvements in life this way.

Get preppin’

The daily grind feels like you’re struggling in a swamp, right? One of the reasons you may feel this way is that you are dressed lazy so you feel lazy. A simple fix, so you feel fabulous throughout the day and perhaps even more productive, is to prepare your outfit the day before (extra tip: have a backup outfit that you can count on in case the attire does not match what you envisioned when planning). I have noticed that I laze about all day when I am dressed in comfortable trainers (which are ironically for moving around). Same goes for work. You don’t have to dress like Meryl Streep from Devil Wears Prada (unless you’re basically Meryl Streep from Devil Wears Prada), but you can dress like a boss if you want to feel like a boss. You can dress more clean-cut to feel more in control of your life.

Devil Wears Prada Daily Grind

The same applies for food. If you eat something heavy, especially something fatty and fried, you will feel very sluggish the rest of the day. Prepare a meal in advance so you’re not buying another New York City hot dog. Fight the afternoon slump! This will also take a load off. If you have your lunch ready, you won’t have to debate what to eat with your co-workers.

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Prepping also saves you time in the morning so you can piece yourself together for the day ahead or catch more Z’s.

Plan a special treat for the end of the week

You know you deserve it! Whether it’s a guys’ night out, movie with pizza at home, a shopping spree, or a spa day, you can plan a little something for yourself at the end of every week.

This gives you something to look forward to as well as a way to release all the pent-up stress you may have been feeling. Self-care is important for a good mentality, so make sure you catch up on some much-needed “me-time” during the weekend, as short as it may seem. You will be able to start the new week with a refreshed mindset and renewed enthusiasm.

Spa Day Daily Grind

Find a cause

Make things greater than yourself. For some hard truth, if you really think about it, one day in your life is a very narrow point of looking at things. This may be why you’re stuck in a continuous loop of the daily grind. Break free by thinking beyond this one day and beyond your own life. Go beyond how you feel about everything that sucks or is tedious in your life by thinking of the future and of others.

Find a cause that gives you greater purpose, whether it’s fostering puppies, volunteering at a soup kitchen, or simply keeping up to date on politics. Know that you have the power to change something, no matter how big or small. Know that there is meaning to life greater than going to work, coming home, and sleeping on repeat. Know that what you do during the day does not make up your life, rather it facilitates what you choose to do outside of it. The money you make during that time can also go to donations, causes, events, side hustles, and more.

When you look at the bigger picture rather than a single day, you will feel more at peace and realize that neither work nor any other daily schedule is your life. The daily grind is a means to an end, and what you do outside of it is your life.

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Now I sincerely hope these little tips will help you in your fight against the daily grind! I have been doing most of these already, and I hope they will continue to keep the daily grind at bay.

Please let me know your progress below or any other tips you would like to share! I would love some extra advice!


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  1. Audra Edmonson

    January 31, 2019 at 5:39 pm

    I do this especially with the commute. I have my favorite podcast, and listening to it is like talking with close friends, which puts me in a fantastic mood before work!

    1. gallantly gal

      January 31, 2019 at 11:09 pm

      Yesssss I am so on the same page 😀 podcasts have become an important part of my daily routine outside the daily grind 😉

  2. Nat

    January 31, 2019 at 6:55 pm

    Packing a good lunch is a must! I used to be a total idiot where I would run out of the house during mornings with nothing.

    1. gallantly gal

      January 31, 2019 at 11:10 pm

      Ohhh this reminds me! I have to go pack my lunch haha. There was definitely a bad period when I would constantly buy food at work… ><

      1. Nat

        February 1, 2019 at 11:11 am

        Sometimes it is nice to eat out for your lunch break as a treat but also costly and not too healthy if it happens too frequently.

        1. gallantly gal

          February 3, 2019 at 11:07 pm

          Yeah! Once in a while is fine as long as you don’t fall into the bad habit >< I try to hold it off as long as possible because I prefer having takeout at home or going out to eat with friends.

  3. Lani

    February 4, 2019 at 6:38 am

    I think it’s nice have longer goals too, like planning a vacation. I also try to have personal goals that are not work related at all, so that I feel like I’m living for me, not just a job.

    1. gallantly gal

      February 5, 2019 at 7:56 pm

      Exactly! That’s especially why I try to use all the time I have, especially in commutes. It’s hard after work because I feel so tired. Any advice on that?

      1. Lani

        February 6, 2019 at 1:20 am

        That’s a tough one. Sometimes I just allow myself to veg over YouTube. I might practice Thai because that’s actually really boring, but doesn’t make my head hurt. I almost always read for hours before bed and that doesn’t feel like a waste at all.

        But if there’s something important that you want to work on like an essay or art project then I’d make yourself do it for 15-30mins. Usually once you get started it’s not so bad, you feel good that you did something, and a shorter time limit helps, too.

        1. gallantly gal

          February 7, 2019 at 8:37 pm

          I thought I responded to this! Haha. I hate when that happens! But yeah, it’s so easy to just binge watch something or play games on my phone bc I feel mentally/emotionally drained haha. I try to force myself to do at least one productive thing a night ranging from small to big. It makes me feel a bit accomplished. Ah yes! The “give yourself 15 minutes” tip is always a great one 😀 thanks for the reminder!!

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