The days have lengthened, the sun is bright and warm, and all we want to do is spend time outside after the long cold winter. Unfortunately for most of us, we still have to go to work five days a week. So how do we stay productive and focused all day when we’re mentally on a beach somewhere soaking up the sun? Here are a few tips to keep you on task during those particularly gorgeous summer days.
A good habit to get into, no matter the time of year, is to work in sixty to ninety minute intervals. Even if you’re simply taking a break every hour to do a lap around the office, your body and mind will function a lot better with these short breaks. If possible, when the weather is nice, take a short recess outside. Eat your lunch on the lawn in front of your building, or take an afternoon break to walk down the road and back. Getting a few breaths of fresh air will get you feeling refreshed and ready to tackle the rest of the day.
As strange as it might sound, drinking lots of water during the day is one of the best things you can do to keep focused. Doing so releases toxins in your body and will make you more energized all day long. In fact, if you’re falling into that afternoon slump, you’re better off drinking a glass of water than another cup of coffee. Furthermore, more often than not when your stomach rumbles and you start to feel hungry, drinking water will sooth this feeling and let you stay on track with your work.
Set Up Goals
Have a to-do list of everything you need to accomplish by the end of the day. These goals should be plausible, but not so easy that it leaves much room for distraction. Factor in your breaks when creating this list, and be firm with yourself. There will be a much higher sense of reward when you leave at the end of the day. After all, you’re stuck inside anyway, you may as well get a lot done.
Dress for the Season
This one may very a little depending on your company’s dress code. Business casual tends to be the standard, which will give you some leeway in what you can wear. Dressing in lighter clothing will keep you from overheating in the stuffy office. Also, brighter colors will help lighten the place up some. However, if you have an open dress code, try to avoid shorts and sandals. A certain level of professionalism will help you stay focused and get more work done.
Find Inspiration in your Work
The final (possibly most important) thing you can do is find the inspiration in your work. We can’t all love our jobs 100% of the time, so on those days when you’re finding your work a little tedious, remember why you do what you’re doing. Does your work help others in need? Are you saving up for your child’s college fund? Whatever the reason, keep it in mind when you’re starting to get off track. Nothing helps get a job done faster than the right sense of inspiration.
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