• Antoinette Minor

Five Tips to Get Through the Workday

It seems impossible but have you ever been tired of sitting? You have!? Then I'm glad I am not alone because I have that feeling all the time. I'm not sure if its the creative in me or because I left a position that required traveling but it can be hard to get through the workday when you have a lot of desk work to do.  

I went in search of some tactics to help me focus and not jump out of my skin.  Thankfully I've found a few that work and I'm happy to share them all with you!  Here are a five tips to successfully get through the workday.

1. Reward System

I often will reward myself for staying focused for a specific amount of time.  For example, if I assign myself a project to work on between the hours of 10:00am until 12:00pm I'll reward myself with 10 minutes of checking my phone, reading a fun article or grabbing a snack.  Not only does it force me to take a much needed break but it gives me something to look forward to.  I also reward myself with checking LinkedIn... can that be counted as work or am I reaching? 

2.  Ask for Engaging Work

If you feel that you need a little more excitement in your workday then it may be time for additional tasks.  Ask to help out with a project that is of interest to you or ask for an opportunity to work on something new.  Now, don't go asking for more responsibilities if you aren't completing your assigned tasks.  You can't earn trust and additional opportunities at work if you can't handle the basics.  If you are doing what you are supposed to be doing then a good manager will respect your desire to grow and learn more with engaging opportunities.

3. Set a Schedule

One of the best things I do to stay focused is to set a schedule of work that needs to be done.  When making my schedule its never a goal to complete projects from start to finish in one setting because that can be a snooze fest.  I'll end up dragging my feet through the entire assignment.  I need to put things down for moments at a time to look at it with a fresh pair of eyes.  For example, this week I've been preparing for a presentation on Friday.  The presentation is not long but I've set aside specific times to work on it Monday through Thursday.  Each time I've picked up the project a new and better idea comes to mind so don't be afraid to stretch projects out over time with a schedule.  By better ideas I mean the inclusion of memes...I love being a millennial!  

4. Take a Walk  

Sitting all day can make anyone antsy so it is a very good idea to get up and get moving.  You know, get the blood pumping a bit to get some energy!  A walk can be out of the office to grab coffee.  It's my favorite thing to do around 3:00pm.  You can also take a walk around the office to say, "hi," or in my case bother some coworkers.  Gotta get those Fitbit steps in!  

5. Don't Forget Breaks

You are entitled to take a break!  Don't forget that and don't let anyone tell you differently.  Make sure to check the company policy to see when breaks are to be taken and for how long.  Before my day begins I plan my breaks along with the project schedule I mentioned above.  I would suggest a break before and after lunch so the day is a little easier to handle.  You always have a moment to yourself to look forward to when you plan ahead. 

Here's a bonus tip.  If its that much of a struggle to get through the day then maybe its time to take a day or two off from work.  You may need to relax and refocus because your mind is telling you its working overtime.  Listen to the cues and take that much needed day off!

Don't worry guys.  We got this and we can get through it!  It's only 8 hours of the day right? Okay, yes that is a long time but hopefully the tips will help.  Feel free to share your tips below.  I would love to hear and try what works for you during the day.

See you at the top,

The Young Professionalist


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