3 tips to stay sane while grinding out your monthly reports

Iteam workt’s the end of the month (or super early into the beginning of the next month, whatever), and we all know what that means. The monthly end of the month party, you say? Well, sure if you’re into celebrating weird, arbitrary things, but what I’m talking about is monthly reports. Many of us dread monthly reporting because it’s drawn-out, tedious work. But, there are a few ways to overcome the monthly reporting blues. For me, it’s writing this blog post.

For you (and let’s face it, me still), maybe some of the following tips can help:

Surrounding yourself with your loving work family

As the old saying goes, misery loves company. I’m definitely not trying to encourage you to drag your friends down, but to use each other to build each other up. I’ll explain.

At the end of the month, you’re not the only one in your office reporting (as you probably know).  The positive here is that you can relate to your other coworkers who are also reporting. Schedule frequent, short breaks together. Go grab coffee together. Go play ping-pong, nerf guns, nerf basketball, shuffleboard, N64, or whatever the heck your office has (all these millennial offices have some some quirky games).

Sometimes, it’s the small things you do together too that can make the monotony of reporting more bearable. At AGENCY H, we like to send each other ridiculous GIFs for laughs over Google chat.

The point is, no matter how, it’s important to remain a team during reporting time. This makes it easier to get through this time of the month rather than staying isolated.

Find some sort channel for release

It’s important to understand the value of finding some outlet for stress/boredom/anger/fear/whatever. There’s two ways you should go about this: in the office and out of the office.

In the office, while doing reports, you can listen to music, podcasts, stand-up comedy, whatever (should your office permit, if it doesn’t tell them that’s sad for you, but you respect them because you’re a good person).

That’s the beauty of reporting. For such a tedious task, it’s not a very high focus job, so it’s not to distracting to entertain yourself while making reports. Some of us listen to Dr. Dre 2001 while some of us listen to the Dirtbag Diaries.

Whatever you do to keep entertained while reporting, know your limits. If it’s too distracting, don’t do it. You can find ways to respect your job and stay sane without going over the top.

When you’re out of the office, you can basically do whatever you want. Afterall, who am I to tell you how to live your life? Well, I’m the guy writing this, and if you made it this far, I must be saying something right.

So, I urge you to take this advice: When you go home, don’t just settle down with a beer (or wine) in front of the TV and fret over the day. Treat your body to some exercise. Find a rewarding physical activity, or something productive, to help you feel more refreshed. I go to the climbing gym often. Sometimes after (or before) work, it seems like another chore, but I’m always glad I go because my body and mind feel great afterwards.

What do you love to do? Don’t just think about it. Go do it. For your health.

Create a list and reward yourself

Early in the morning or at the end of the day, we make a list of our immediate tasks in our department and go over them as a team. This helps us visualize (in our mind and physically) a checklist of what we need to do, and nothing is as satisfying as scratching off a task when it’s complete.

With reporting, it’s helpful to break down each report for each client into a checklist, so you can observe your progress. Furthermore, you can use this checklist to reward yourself. Say, every two lines of tasks you complete, you go on a brief walk. Or eat a chocolate (for some of us, that would be too much chocolate).

What are some small rewards that would motivate you and keep your spirits high? Use this to get you through your reporting.

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