By Nicole Tinkham
There are certain things you do on a daily basis as part of your regular job duties, but do you ever spend any of that time taking care of yourself? You may not be used to it, but we think you should take some time out of your hectic workday and do some things for you. We’re not saying you’re entitled to a 2 hour lunch and a new manicure (although that’s not a bad idea), but a few minutes here and there won’t hurt your productivity. In fact, doing these 7 things throughout your day can get you feeling better and enable you to get even more done. Check them out below!
We’re not going to lie, sitting at a desk for 8 or more hours a day isn’t the best for your health. But if it’s part of the job, you probably feel like you don’t have much of a choice. As always, we have a solution! Stretching can prevent cramping and feeling sore, it doesn’t take up much of your time, and you can do it right at your desk. Have an alarm set on your phone to go off every hour or so that will remind you to get up and move around. You can remain sitting and do some stretches right in your chair, stand up at your desk, take a short walk around the office, or even venture outside for some fresh air if you’re able to. If you can’t leave your area, here are some simple stretches you can do right in your cubicle: Mayo Clinic: Office Stretches
The important thing is just to get moving. Take 5 minute breaks throughout your day to get up and move around. Your body will thank you for it.
#2: Take a mental break
Not only does your body need a break throughout the day but so does your mind (and eyes for that matter). Take a breather and step away from your computer screen. You can take a little walk as mentioned above, grab a cup of coffee, or close your eyes and meditate for a few minutes. Whatever you do, be sure to take your eyes away from the screen every once in awhile. We often try to do too much at once so this little break is definitely needed to get back in the game and get things done!
#3: Drink water
Staying hydrated is essential to your health and since you spend most of the day in the office, it’s important to drink water throughout the day. Keep a water bottle at your desk, preferably where you can see it often, and make sure it gets refilled as needed.
Tip: Figure out how much water you need by dividing your weight by 2. This is the amount of water you need to drink in ounces per day.
Learn something new every single day whether it be industry related, taking on a new language, or something that you’re personally passionate about. Fill your brain with knowledge! There is a ton of different ways to fit learning into your everyday life. Read a quick article or listen to a podcast on the way to work or while you get ready in the morning. You may feel like you don’t have time for it but you can get creative and squeeze it in.
You can also learn by asking questions. In any kind of new training, ask as many questions as possible! Ask about the company’s operations and try to come up with solutions that may be beneficial. Always be thinking and jot down all your ideas in a notebook.
#5: Stay organized
Which would you rather do: Take 10 minutes out of your day to keep your desk and computer organized, or spend a whole day (or longer) to organize your entire work area every few months? Trust us when we say organizing as you go makes life way easier. When you finish a project, make sure it gets filed away properly. Check your emails throughout the day and sort them based on their importance. We recommend creating separate files to do so. The most important time to do this is right before you leave the office so you can come in to a fresh start the following morning.
#6: Look at your goals and to-do list
Your to-do list should go everywhere with you and you need to be looking at it often to keep yourself on track. We recommend using an app on your phone so you always have it on hand. Check tasks off as you go and add new things when they come up.
Also keep your goals close by and remind yourself of them throughout the day. Make sure you’re doing something that’s getting you closer to those goals on a daily basis!
#7: Communicate with co-workers
While you probably can’t chit chat all day long, we do encourage you to get to know your co-workers. Don’t head to the office to just get your work done and go home. Instead, build relationships with others. Greet everyone with a smile, be friendly, and converse with them throughout the day. Just be sure to keep it light and positive.
So it basically comes down to three simple things: your health, your knowledge, and your relationships with others. These are the things you need to be doing throughout your workday. Take care of yourself by exercising, moving around, stretching, taking breaks and drinking plenty of water. Always be willing to do more whether that’s learning new skills, becoming more organized, or growing as a professional. And of course, have a little fun. Build new relationships and strengthen the ones you already have.
Which of these 7 things will you implement in your daily work routine? Let us know in the comments!