It’s 8:10 a.m. on Tuesday. You’re about to get off an overcrowded train and walk into work feeling no closer to the weekend than you did yesterday around 5pm when you dragged your sorry ass to the gym, half-assed an arm circuit, and hit the steam after 30 minutes. You see your office just over a block away, and you feel a wave of complacency and indifference sweep over your entire being as you fruitlessly try to mentally prepare for the next nine hours.
We’ve all been in this position before, and it’s certainly nobody’s favorite way to start the day. Some readers at home may be asking, “Okay, what’s your point?” The point is this: there is always hope. There is always something to lift your spirits, even on the darkest and coldest of mornings. Always remember, you are never out of the fight. My best advice for you? Come up with a walk-in song or two.
Now if you’re not a former high school baseball player, you might be a little confused as to what I’m talking about. Similar to a walk-up song used by many a batter to get hyped whilst walking from the on-deck circle to the batter’s box, a walk-in song is something you listen to as you walk into your office and over to your desk. It should be used in order to get psyched up for another huge day of being marginally busy at work and pretending the boss man’s nephew who sits across from you doesn’t make you physically ill every time he answers the phone in his fake work voice. Because regardless of how bad or surprisingly decent your day actually turns out to be, attitude is indeed everything. At least for the first crucial hours of the day leading up to lunch, after which you’re free to fake it until 5.
And that is why I am still yammering on about the importance of a walk-in song. I started relying on this strategy during my internship last summer, and I still do now that I work full-time at the same place. Put simply, walking in the door to take a seat at your cube clump is a lot more bearable when you have some headphones blaring a playlist that boosts your energy, motivation, and aggression. Now, I’m not like crazy into hip hop. J. Cole is basically the only rapper I’ve listened to in the past 4 months, for obvious reasons. But when I’m walking the home stretch into the office, I better be listening to something that hits hard or else I’m screwed.
I’m talking strictly Juicy J or YG. Migos, 2 Chainz, and Future. Lil Wayne’s verse on Nicki Minaj’s “Only.” Whatever floats your boat, ya know? The motivation and positive mindset you need is all around you, and it really is as easy as opening Spotify, browsing for 10 minutes, and figuring out what will give you the boost you seek. Heed my advice and I guarantee you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the lift it gives you.
So here I leave you, with nothing more than a mere outline on how to improve your day to day office life. I look forward to each and every one of you finding a good fit, and using it to your professional advantage. And of course, feel free to toss a comment my way with whatever song or songs you have found to help ease yourself into a workday. I’m always looking to expand my repertoire, as well. Shakespeare once said, “If music be the food of love, play on.” So play on, my friends. I believe in you all..
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