Working a 9 to 5 job can be taxing, to say the least. If you aren’t careful about watching your workload, you can lose productivity fast. You have to stay motivated to keep on top of your job opportunities. That will you get the upward movement you deserve that lead to a fantastic promotion, job placement, and higher salary. You want to be prepared and forward thinking to do your best. Following the four simple tips below can lead to increased productivity and a happier (and healthier) you!
Do The Harder Tasks In The Morning
Those morning hours are when you are the most focused on the work you have to accomplish that day. Make it easier on yourself by doing the hardest assignments first. That way you’ll get them out of the way and save the minor work for the afternoon, when you might not have as much energy. That latter day slump, when all of your morning coffee has worn off, is when it is ideal to tackle lighter work tasks. Leaving your less complicated work for the end of the day comes with the added benefit of ensuring you can leave the office earlier rather than later to get home and get your evening started.
Take a Full Lunch Hour
Many people work right through lunch. Don’t be one of those people, if you want to stay committed to your job. While it seems like that might help your productivity, it is actually just going to leave you stressed and tapped out. You don’t want to fall into the habit of never leaving your work space. Studies have shown that people who are able to take full breaks tend to be more productive workers. From a study that was done by Stanford University, researchers concluded that an employee’s productivity fell off quite a bit when they worked more than 50 hours per week. The study was all about the “Productivity of Working Hours.” You can easily see how giving up your lunch hour could contribute to the problem.
The solution is to get out of your desk space for your lunch hour. Even if you bring lunch, leave the office for a bit and walk down the street to a local park or coffee shop to have your break. Or, you can even fit in a quick work out. There are many smart ways to exercise at work. We love this roundup by Greatist titled “Deskercise! 33 Smart Ways to Exercise at Work” that includes sneaky exercises like seat dancing and the desk squat. When you can recharge and leave the workspace, you’ll be able to go back refreshed and better ready to tackle the rest of your day with renewed vigor.
Ask For Help When You Need It
This might seem counter intuitive to your productivity, but it can be beneficial to ask for help when you need it. When you feel like your productivity is lagging behind and you don’t have much left to give, it’s time to bring in the reinforcements. By bouncing ideas or projects off of others around you in a collaborative effort, it can spark some renewed vigor in your work energy. People naturally need others to feel inspired and creative. When you work with someone, it can make you feel more attuned to your work. Their energy can bolster up your energy.
Get Enough Sleep
This might seem like a simple idea that comes up time and time again, but the better rested you are, the better able you’ll be to be at your productive best. A consistent sleep schedule will be one of the most vital ways to have productive days. The National Sleep Foundation recommends 7-9 hours of sleep for adults between the ages of 26 and 64. If you’ve had a rough night and rise looking less than “bright eyed and bushy tailed” you need to take extra care in waking up.
Devote a few extra minutes to mindfully getting ready. Splash some very cold water on your face for a full minute after you cleanse your skin. Then, apply an anti-aging face cream, like the A Complete Facial Youth Moisturizer. The botanical blend of the cream is going to give you long lasting moisture all through your busy workday, leaving your skin hydrated and renewed. Spend a few minutes massaging the moisturizer into your face, neck, and décolletage to boost your circulation. This will wake you up and get you ready for your day. You’ll look better on the outside, which in turn will help you feel more capable and confident on the inside. It’s a little physical and mental combination trick that works wonders for your energy level.
Being your most productive at work is a constant battle, but if you follow these few tips, you’ll be able to handle whatever your job throws at you each day.