Tuesday, June 17, 2014

how to make it through the work day

in college, i always had 8am classes but i also had breaks in between my classes. most of the time i would make coffee or take a nap during those breaks. it was nice to just have some time to get myself together! now that i work full time, i really miss those breaks during the day! so i've had to improvise on how to get through the 9-10 hour work days!


so if you're like me & you have a job where you sit in front of a computer for 9-10 hours... i'd like to share a few ways to make it through!

1 - take short breaks throughout the day. sure there's no time to nap during the day (unless you take a nap in your car during lunch!), but get up at least once every hour or two and walk around. go to the restroom, fill up your water bottle, walk out to your car, pour some coffee, speak to a coworker or just walk around aimlessly. not only will your body & eyes thank you for it, but it will help your focus so much to just take a short mental break.

2 - put in your headphones. if your office is loud or you just need to clear your head - put in your headphones! listen to some music, or if you can't concentrate with singing, listen to classical or instrumental music. if music isn't your thing, there's always white noise! i use white noise frequently at simplynoise.com. this is such a lifesaver for me! music or white noise not only helps with focus, it also makes the time go by faster!

3 - if you're stuck, leave it. if you have been working on something for a few hours & are having issues - leave it. work on something else and come back to it later. when you come back to something with a fresh set of eyes and new perspective, it will save you so much frustration. often when you spend so much time on one thing, you don't see the "simple" errors in it. it's good to shift your focus to something else entirely & then come back to it.

4 - exercise during your lunch break! instead of sitting around during lunch or playing on the computer, go to the gym. if you don't have a gym, you can walk/jog on the sidewalk or around the parking lot. just getting up & moving around seriously makes your body feel so much better. you may feel tired at first, but after a while you will feel refreshed & energized.

5 - drink plenty of water! you don't realize you're dehydrated when you're sitting at a desk, so keep a bottle at your desk that you fill up during the day! if you've been working for an hour straight, take a 10 second break to drink some water. your body will thank you & your eyes will enjoy a break from the screen! if you don't like water, drink something that will hydrate you, meaning something other than coffee or soda!


what are some things you do to make it through the work day? 
what have you found helps you best?


39 comments:

  1. Great tips! I work from home, but even then, I get distracted! I have to have my Christian music playing! And, at night, I have my rain on a roof background noise playing! :)

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  2. If I don't have time to take a break, I find that just standing and stretching for a second or two helps a lot. At least it helps me unfurl from the chair shape.

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  3. As a teacher I don't get to choose my breaks or anything but what works for my introverted self is to stay in the classroom over lunch and read a book instead of going to the staff room and socializing. I may seem anti-social but I know I really need that downtime, especially knowing I'm going home to a very talkative little girl at the end of the day.

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  4. Came over from the Blog Hop! This is really good timing for me because I'm about to start my first job after graduating from college next week and I'm kind of nervous about being away from home and being forced to focus all day! Sounds silly, but I guess I'll get used to it! Thanks for the tips :)


    Ivy xx
    stylelifelovely.blogspot.com

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  5. All great points!!! I do all, except need to take more breaks (like get up and move my legs!!!!)

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  6. Love this list! The days where I just sit in front of my computer all day are much slower than the ones where I'm able to get up and be active, even if it's just for a few minutes. Thanks for sharing these tips :)

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  7. Man, I have the hardest time at work. In fact, I can't work full-time because of my anxiety and working part-time has become hard. These tips will really help me so I truly appreciate you sharing these!

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  8. I always try my best to get up and walk around every hour or so, but I often forget to. I think my eyes, neck and back would thank me a lot more if I did! I kind of wish our offices had standing desks or just another room where you could get up and work for a change of scenery. Sometimes I think about grabbing my laptop and just sitting and working in the comfy chairs in the lobby, haha.

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  9. Cap naps and water are my best friend during the day :) That and a healthy snack to munch on during the afternoon!

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  10. Headphones all day every day! Even though I have my own office I still like to keep the noises from the other offices from bugging me.

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  11. Such a great list, Robyn! I take lots of mini-breaks (walks to the bathroom, water cooler walks, etc.) + make water my best friend at work. I miss when I used to listen to music during the day, it makes the day fly by! (I now work in a library of sorts, so I have to stay silent LOL).

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  12. These are some great tips! I actually pretty much do all of them. :) I could probably take a few more brakes throughout the day and I don't exercise every day on my lunch break but I try to 2 or 3 days per week.

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  13. Love these tips! Every once in a while I'll step away from my computer and during breaks I do pull ups or I'll randomly throw myself on our exercise ball and do some crunches. It totally helps.

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  14. Thanks for the great suggestions - I need to do a better job getting away from the computer for a few minutes each hour!

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  15. i've worked from home a few times & it's so easy to get distracted!! normally i am able to focus until i stop for lunch - then i don't wanna work anymore!

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  16. that is a great suggestion, Davy!! lately i have been so busy at work i will find myself working for 3 hours straight without even standing!

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  17. yes! i am an introvert too & i read at my desk during lunch if i don't go to the gym! just getting that "me" time is so refreshing!

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  18. nice to "meet" you Ivy! :) congrats on graduating soon & starting your first job!!! it is very different from college, but it's nice to be able to leave for the day & not have "homework" :) focusing all day is hard to get used to - and it really wears you out! you wouldn't think sitting at a desk all day would wear you out, but i am so tired when i get home!

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  19. sometimes i'm glad i have a small bladder because it forces me to take more breaks!

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  20. you are so right! sitting in front of a computer for 9+ hours is just weird! we weren't meant to live like this! ha! it's amazing to me how TIRED i am after just sitting all day though!

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  21. oh gosh! i bet that is so hard, Ashley! well i hope some of these can help you! :)

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  22. i forget to a lot, also! i like to finish something before leaving it - but that can often be my worst enemy! standing desks would be awesome sometimes! i may suggest it!
    and i completely go to the comfy chairs in our lobby during my lunch break if i read! haha

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  23. yes! i can really tell a difference if i don't drink enough water! and i always get hungry at 3! i normally bring some fruit to snack on :)

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  24. i find it so hard to concentrate with noises in the background - doesn't even have to be talking! any clicking or scooting, etc bothers me! so headphones are my best friend! :)

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  25. thanks Caitlin! mini-breaks really do make such a difference! aww yeah just sitting in silence can make the time drag by!

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  26. yes! you're right! and sometimes i forget to take breaks or drink enough water & i can tell the difference!

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  27. normally i only get out there 2 or 3 times a week as well! it really does make me feel so much better when i do, though! :)

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  28. it really does! i mean, it makes me feel tired right afterwards, but i always feel that second wind around 2 or 3!

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  29. thanks Anna Belle! that is the one i am lacking in right now! i've been so busy & i get so focused that i don't get up and stretch my legs as often as i need to! it really does make a difference!

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  30. Great tips! Those work days can drag on, but getting up and moving around is essential!

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  31. These are fantastic tips! I work in a cubicle farm and really need to start bringing my own head phones. Some people around me play music so loud every day and it is so distracting. Thanks for sharing!

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  32. thanks Amy! they sure can just keep on dragging! :)

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  33. thanks, Mar! :) haha cubicle farm - i love that! that's exactly how my office is too!

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  34. Courtney MelonasJune 23, 2014 at 9:15 AM

    Totally great ideas! Visiting from the Week's End Link up!

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  35. Oh girl, totally needed this today! I am at an office job and my earphones are seriously what get me through my day. I found your sweet blog through Oh Simple Thoughts and I cant wait to get to know each other more!

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  36. Why did I not see this earlier today? I needed this. My day was dragging today. I'll have to keep this handy for tomorrow. :)

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  37. ha! well i'm glad you found it! :) some days really do just drag by!

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  38. Oh, how I wish to have a job were I could do ALL these things :( Well... in couple months when I finally graduate :) Thanks for linking up!

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  39. it is not as glamorous as it sounds! :) but i totally get that because i was the same way right before i graduated! :)

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