Anyone who works in an office has gotten that feeling of tedium that occurs a few hours after lunch. Watching the clock and staring at a computer screen isn’t going to make time go any faster, nor will it make you productive.
- Get some fresh air to help stimulate your brain. Whether it’s just sitting next to a window or, if possible, stepping out of the office for a few seconds, the sunlight and fresh air will almost certainly give you the necessary boost of energy.
- Take a walk around the office to get your blood flowing. Sitting for too long can be mind-numbing. Simply getting up and walking to the water cooler or the copy room and back will help you refocus on the present tasks.
- Use the 20-20-20 rule to break the monotony of computer screens. Every 20 minutes of staring at the screen, look away at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds. Sometimes you may not have time to get up and walk around, or you get so focused on a task that you don’t realize your eyes have been aching. This rule helps make sure that your eyes won’t experience as much pain and fatigue as they would otherwise. This helps the rest of you keep up with the task at hand.
- Listen to some music to regain focus and wake yourself up. This will take some personalization and trial and error. Some people can’t focus at all when they listen to music. Others listen to something with no words (classical or instrumental rock), while others like listening to top-40 on the job. Experiment with different types of music to figure out what gets your blood flowing and refocuses you.
- Eat a healthy snack for a nice boost. Almonds and other nuts are popular for naturally enhancing your energy, along with fruits and their natural sugars. Not only will this help keep you energized, but it’s also a good habit for health reasons. Switching out the chips and soda for almonds and fruit will help you feel better in countless ways.
If all else fails, use the tried-and-true method of drinking some extra caffeine for a temporary boost. Only do this as a last resort, as you will inevitably crash again. However, if you follow the 20-20-20 rule, have some healthy snacks at hand, and give yourself short breaks, you shouldn’t need to resort to a 2:30 coffee break to make it through your day.