If you’re stagnating with work, trying to (productively) fill a short window of time before you leave the house, or just want to feel refreshed, it’s helpful to have a go-to task (or tasks in my case) that serve as a purposeful reset.
I’ve settled on a trio of related activities: using the washroom, brushing my teeth, and refilling my water bottle. It feels productive and healthy; plus, brushing my teeth with mint toothpaste is refreshing and gives a little boost to my mood and energy levels.
If that reset doesn’t hit the mark, what about:
- lighting a candle
- walking around the block
- doing a few minutes of deep breathing exercises
- watering/pruning your potted plants
- making a cup of coffee or herbal tea
- doing a minute each of a: wall sit, plank, and child’s pose
- reading a few pages from a book of poetry
- texting a friend
- writing in a journal
- sweeping the floor or wiping down bathroom counters
I’ll run through this reset before I head out the door to do errands, between meetings, when I’ve hit a mid-afternoon slump, or when it’s time to meet the kids at the bus stop. In addition to giving me a break from responsibilities and clearly marking transition points in the day, once I’ve taken care of these basic maintenance/self-care tasks, I’m less likely to need to interrupt future work or leisure activities. I won’t frantically have to look for a washroom at the grocery store or wonder if I have spinach in my teeth during that pitch to investors.
And drinking more water, well, that’s rarely a bad thing.