Getting Out of the Grind Mentality

I sat down last night to write the blog, and my mind went blank. How many times does that happen to all of you? It feels like when we are going through the grind of the week’s hustle and bustle, sometimes everything feels like a cluster. We push, try, and find that the more we go, the less we have energy. There’ve been many situations at work recently that have stretched my anxiety and stress level to the max. I enjoy my job, but there are some days where people push my buttons to the point where I don’t always like people.

I’m sure many of you can relate. It’s amazing how people’s actions affect us. I had a woman come in today that had been to several different locations, and she was exasperated. She checked several various sites, and no one had a unit the size she needed. She and her family are in the middle of facing eviction, and she’s trying to get everything together so that she can have a place to store her belongings for a few months. I found a unit for her.

I try hard to help folks as best as I can, but I’m also there to earn a living. I’ve heard just about every sob story there is to be heard. And I empathize with people’s situations because I know firsthand how hard it is to pay bills when you have very little to no money coming in. I get so frustrated with all of these places that say they desperately need help, yet you go online to fill out the applications and get these automated rejection emails. And seldom do you get an interview out of them. It all goes back to keywords and phrases.

If anyone ever tells you that algorithms don’t play a crucial part in going through applications, you might want to say they need to re-educate themselves. The thing is, they play a huge role. Most of us struggle because we are doing everything we can to get through the week, and sometimes it gets hard to stay in a positive mindset.

You may find that you are not alone. Many people are dealing with this, and there are things you can do to help change it.

So what do I mean by the grind? The grinding mentality is where your single-minded focus is on not making any mistakes and not allowing anyone an opportunity to mess you up. There are some tips that I found online that might help you change your mindset.

1. Make a schedule. I get it. You may be one of these folks who like to live life on the edge, but if you make a schedule and start sticking to that schedule, you start coming up with a routine. Sometimes those routines help us get into a better mindset. Most proactive people in the morning are more inclined to be successful long-term, and studies have shown this to be true. Yes, life happens, and there will be days that it will be tough to stay on schedule, but if you can keep on track with the plan, your productivity will be better. 

2. Take breaks throughout the day. When you design your schedule with short breaks in mind, you’re allowing yourself a little bit of time to think better. Taking breaks helps you get better focus, and it also allows you to come back with a fresh set of eyes. That can be extremely useful, especially when you’ve been trying to problem solve something that you can’t figure out a solution to because you’re stuck. Maybe you could take a quick walk around the building and get some fresh air or stretch your legs for a little while and step away from your desk. It makes a difference.

3. Consider the alternative. I don’t know what kind of jobs most of you have, but when you decide to go into business for yourself or change your situation, you might want to look at the alternatives you have. For instance, let’s say you’re working in a dead-end job. What options do you have to get out of the situation you’re in currently? Do you want to go into business for yourself, or do you want to work for someone else? Do you want to work from home, or do you want to work in an office setting, or do you have an idea of what interests you? No matter where you decide to work, weigh your alternatives and do things that make you happy.

4. Take advantage of flexibility. Listen, if you can work from just about anywhere, maybe you want to change things up a little bit. You could work in a coffee house for one day or perhaps a library the next. Another option is you can go to the park and do some work. Keeping your scenery fresh will help create your creativity, and once you’ve established good habits with your schedule, you might find that it’s OK to deviate from it every once in a while. I like to break away on occasion and go out for a drink with my friends because it’s a good time for us to catch up and talk about the things that have happened. No matter what anyone says, support goes a long way with your peers and acquaintances. 

5. Think about the future.  The best things you can do are ask many questions, research things, and stay motivated to stay on track. It would be best if you planned by asking a lot of tough questions. Do those questions include where you want to be in 6 months, a year, or even five years? You are the only one who knows what you want, so no one else can plan this for you. And if they do, that’s no guarantee you will be happy with their decisions. Think about what matters to you in what you want and go from there.

No matter what hurdles come your way, I believe that you will make good decisions along the way. Have a great weekend, everyone.

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