- A minute-to-minute guide on how to be energized at work. Try it out yourself.
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When you’re at work, it’s normal that at some point you’ll feel a little fatigued and you’re not quite yourself. Usually, this happens in the afternoon or somewhat later in the day. That means you often just tell yourself that the day is pretty much shot, and you can just resume normal work on the next day.
But that often wastes a lot of working hours in the long run. It’s not even necessary either. It’s easy enough to regain your energy at work, and you don’t need a lot of time either. All you need is actually just 5 minutes.
This is a rejuvenation technique that consists of several tasks, and they’re all easy. So you can end up successful in completing these tasks and you’ll somehow feel better able to handle the challenges for the rest of the workday. They’re also so easy that it feels like you’re taking a short break and taking a break is often warranted to help you deal with the strain that leads to mental and physical fatigue.
So if you still need to deal with an important project later in the day while your energy is flagging, here are the energy-boosting tasks you need to do.
1st Minute: Get Up and Stretch
Some people may not be so appreciative of this since it seems like another “helpful” piece of advice that concerns exercise. But that’s not really true. All you need to do is to stand up and do some short movements, and that can lead to higher energy, efficiency, and engagement levels.
So it doesn’t mean that you need to do some exhausting workout for an entire hour. Your goal is to just regain your energy, and that means you just need 60 seconds. The exercise can be different according to your preferences. Some may want to just run a lap around the office for a minute, while others can simply stand up and do some gentle stretches. The important thing is that you get yourself moving for a short while.
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2nd to 3rd Minute
Now for the next 2 minutes on your break schedule, you can sit down on your desk or remain standing as you use your smartphone to go online. Then you can start and finish a quick errand that you can do online.
This can be anything. You can send a link to an article or a program that your parents will need to improve their PC experience. Perhaps you can pay your utilities online, as they’re due in the next few days. Maybe you can just buy that toy on Amazon you’re especially hankering for.
Any of these won’t take too long, so you can do one quickly. It feels nice and rejuvenating if you can take off a task on your to-do list. That’s especially true when the task is something personal. That gives you more time to relax, and you just use up 2 minutes of your time.
Okay, so now you’ve done your online errand. Now what? Now it’s time for you to take out your handy smartphone, and use a notepad app to list your plans for the weekend.
This may seem counterintuitive since you’re then forcing yourself to think of more things to do. The trick is not to list down all the errands you have to do. Instead, you need to write down all the fun stuff you’re planning for the weekend.
If you don’t have any fun stuff scheduled, then you obviously have a problem right there. You need to do something fun and non-work-related so you can de-stress. It doesn’t have to be about grandiose plans such as dinner and clubbing at a popular dining establishment, or hiking in the mountains. For some, it can be as simple as sleeping all day and then binge-watching your favorite TV shows all night, with pizza and your favorite cocktails.
Writing these plans down during the workday can actually help motivate you. That’s because you know for a fact that there’s something good once the work weekends. When you’ve reminded yourself of what fun things you’re doing over the weekend, you’ll be astonished to find yourself working all the harder so you can deserve the weekend fun.
Now’s the last step of the energy-boosting procedure, and it’s easy as well. You just have to send a text message to a friend. This person should be someone you actually care about. Perhaps they’ve asked you a question earlier in the day and you didn’t have time to respond when you received their text. Or maybe you’re part of a group of friends who practice moaning and whining to each other through texts when one of you is feeling down.
During this last minute of your break, you can send quick updates about what’s happening to you. Maybe you can tell them all about your weekend plans. Or perhaps you can complain about your lack of energy, and your friends offer gentle (or sarcastic) words of support.
It’s no secret that support groups work wonders for addicts and depressed people, and they work just as well for the tired at work. When you know for a fact that people are behind you, then somehow you can find the energy to go through the day.
- Get up and stretch.
- Finish a quick personal online task.
- List your plans for the weekend.
- You send texts to friends.
Taken together and considering the 5-minute requirement, it does seem too simple, doesn’t it? But taking a proper break is just like needing oxygen and water. Sooner or later, you need a break. It just so happens that this kind of break is specifically designed to increase your energy levels so you can get back to work.
So there’s no need to procrastinate when you’re feeling down in the office. Take 5 short minutes, and afterward, you feel like you can face anything!