How To Stay Alert All Day At Work
Let’s face it: living through a full work day can sometimes be challenging. Mondays are rough because you’re still on a weekend sleeping schedule, Tuesdays are just as hard because the monotony of your working week has really set in, Wednesdays are the day where your inner voice starts saying insistently that it might be okay to slack off a little, on Thursdays it seems as though the week will never come to an end, and on Fridays you’re much more inclined to think about your exciting weekend plans than whatever work’s on your desk. It can be hard to stay alert and focused all day long at work. Here are some tips to help you get your mind in gear…
Eat A Good Breakfast
First of all, it’s extremely hard to focus through the morning at work if you haven’t eaten a good breakfast. Having the same thing every day can be yet another thing that adds to the monotony of the working week – so maybe it’s time to change up what you have. If you love toast every morning, then you don’t have to change that, but why not go a little wild with the toppings? If you love peanut butter then you could have it with apple slices one day and banana slices the next. One day you could even branch out and ditch the peanut butter and go for smashed avocado, the biggest brunch sensation of the last few years, instead. All you have to do is mash up half an avocado with a fork, along with a little citrus juice, salt, pepper and chili, for a delicious and nutritious breakfast. If you really aren’t big on breakfast, why not try making your own juices or smoothies? Invest in a high end juicer like the Super Angel and you’ll be able to make juices out of all your favourite fruits and vegetables – try out a green juice on the mornings you’re feeling particularly healthy, and go for tropical juices like coconut, mango and pineapple on the days you’re feeling a little more fruity.
Get Comfortable At Work
It’s absolutely imperative that you’re physically comfortable at work. Sitting at a desk all day can actually be a big challenge for your body, so you need to make sure that your chair is as comfortable as possible. If your boss doesn’t want to splash out on ergonomic chairs then you could splash some of your own cash on a seat cushion that will help you sit properly all day. Make sure you rest both feet on the floor at all times so that your weight is balanced well. If you get headaches from the way the lights shine off your computer screen, you need to make sure that you ask your boss to move where you sit – your health is the most important thing at all times. Make sure that you take a break every hour to get up and stretch and walk around, whether you’re going to get a glass of water or going to the bathroom or simply going to look out of the window. Your body will thank you for it at the end of the day.
Change The Way You Snack
Even if you’ve had the best breakfast in the world, a lot of us will become victim to the 3pm lull, after you’ve had lunch and when the sugar rush is starting to wear off, meaning that you’re becoming distinctly droopy-eyed and wondering if it would be a huge faux pas to curl up under your desk for a little nape. (Yes. Yes, unfortunately it would be.) It’s always a good idea to prepare some snacks for this time in the afternoon to give yourself a boost of energy. Steer away from chocolate and other sugary foods – although they’ll give you a burst of energy, the sugar crash afterwards won’t be worth it as it will make you even more tired. Instead go for a handful of pretzels dipped in peanut butter, or a small fruit salad, or carrot sticks and hummus, for a snack that will wake you up and provide you with some great nutrition.
Work Smarter, Not Harder
Finally, in this day and age a lot of people can feel pressured into staying late every evening and into working through lunch. Make sure that you don’t do this – you’ll burn out and get sick. If you have too much work it’s time to talk to your boss about how to make your workload more manageable. In the meantime, remember that a lot of work is about knowing how to prioritize and delegate tasks in order to be successful.
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