Work can be overwhelming, like everything in life there are the good and the bad days, the short and the long days and Mondays which just mostly suck. The good news is though with a few changes to your work week you can eliminate stress and ensure you are so productive that everyone at work will be asking you your secret!
1. Clean your desk
Ensure everything has a place and use your drawers to store the items you don’t use a lot. Less clutter means more productivity and spending less time looking for things equals less stress. If you’re really feeling adventurous, buy yourself some cute stationery.
2. Do something fab in your lunch break
Get out of the office, stretch your legs, fit in a cheeky little yoga sesh. Whatever you do just don’t eat alone at your desk, to be transparent, you actually don’t get paid for your lunch break so you might as well take it and enjoy it. It’s also super important for productivity and to manage stress levels.
3. Take a break from the screen
There is no point taking a break or taking your lunch out of the office if you are just on your mobile phone. You have to have some dedicated NO SCREEN time, this means putting your mobile down and picking up a book or just people watching and taking in the world around you.
4. Focus on the why
Regardless of how much you love your job, there will be days when you will have mundane tasks to do or you will just be having “one of those days”. Don’t despair, focus on the big picture and remind yourself why you got into that line of work in the first place and remind yourself how good it feels when you get paid those dollar dollar bills y’all!
5. Eliminate interruptions
Most of us can get sidetracked pretty easily by the constant notifications that spring up on our phone. There are likes on our Facebook profiles, Snapchats from our friends on what they’ve eaten for lunch plus DMs on our Instagram, these are all non-work related and when you add to the mix emails, deadlines, phone calls and meetings your day can become jam-packed quite quickly. Learn to turn your phone off or on airport mode to ensure you aren’t disturbed, stop yourself from checking your phone until late in the afternoon or on your way home on the bus or train. You will be more focused and you will also be giving yourself boundaries in regards to how much time you are spending daily on the phone.
6. Eat right and make sure you are getting your full 8 hours of sleep time
Eating badly will add stress to your system, you will likely feel lethargic, lack energy and get grumpy by 3 pm if you haven’t had your coffee hit. Pack healthy snack items to munch on during the day and ensure you have a low-sugar, high protein diet. Sleep is also super important if you are sleeping well you aren’t giving your body enough time to rejuvenate and replenish which is critical for the body to recover from the stresses of the day. Top tips for falling asleep quickly are to stay off social media at least an hour before you plan to sleep, have chamomile before bed or read a few pages of your favourite book. If you’re really stuck, try this simple breathing technique; cover your right nostril and breathe through your left for three to five minutes.
7. Act rather than react
If we feel like situations are out of our control we tend to feel stressed which in turn makes us feel less confident and consumes our thought patterns. Don’t focus on the things you can’t change in your work week and instead put all of your time and effort into the things you can! Don’t sweat the small stuff and focus on working smarter not harder.
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