Need a boost?
It’s 15:00, you’re full after lunch, the coffee is wearing off and you’ve demolished half a pack of custard creams. The inevitable sluggishness is setting in so how do you keep your energy levels high throughout the day?
Firstly, planning your day to prioritise your workload will help keep you on track. Regular breaks will allow time to rest after you finish a task before starting the next. You could move around the office to stretch and give your eyes a break from your computer screen. Slotting your lunch break into your calendar is a good habit to ensure you have time to recharge.
Be sure to spend some time outside throughout the day – even a brisk walk around the office or down the street will give a change of scenery and boost your energy levels, alongside keeping up your Vitamin D levels. Make sure to also maintain your energy levels with regular snacks.
Is your desk full of old papers and clutter? Spend 10 minutes organising and tidying your desk. When you come into work the next day you won’t be overwhelmed with the amount of work you think you have, and you will be able to concentrate on your priority list for the day.
Don’t rely on energy drinks – try exercising in the morning before work to boost your energy levels and clear your mind. Even a few simple yoga stretches or quiet time to think can help keep you in the right mindset for the working day. Swap out your fizzy drinks for water, keep a refillable bottle near your desk handy and take it into meetings, too.
According to Tony Schwartz’s TEDx Midwest talk, the key to productivity is to ‘manage your energy instead of your time’, so it may be worth looking at your most productive and high-energy hours during the day and schedule your priority list accordingly. If you work best in the evening, utilise your flexi time and start later in the day. This flexibility will allow you to work on a schedule that suits you.
Overall, only a few small changes are needed to increase your productivity and boost energy levels to help you get the most important stuff done.
Sara Abou-Shakra, HealthCare21 Communications, Macclesfield