The days where you walk out of the office on time and have most things ticked off your list are quite rare to most people. Time management plays a huge part in your day and it’s probably one of the hardest things to conquer when you have new tasks popping up, last minute meetings or a constant flow of emails landing in your inbox, which is why we have compiled a list of the things you can do to ensure you’re setting yourself up for a productive day.
1. Break a sweat in the morning
Being exercise physiologists, it would come as no surprise to you that we’d recommend starting your day off with some exercise. Something as simple as a 20 minute brisk walk or a jog around the block will give you time to focus on yourself and shake off any stress.
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2. Have a good breakfast
By starting the day with a balanced breakfast you are more likely to have better concentration throughout the day. Some breakfast options you might like to try:
Eggs on toast
2 eggs on rye bread
fresh sliced tomato
¼ – ½ cup rolled oats
Scoop of whey protein
Cinnamon to taste
Top with blueberries
Tip: Add some Chobani greek yogurt for some extra protein
3. Escape distractions
There are always going to be distractions in the workplace. Some easy ones you can avoid is by not leaving your email at work open all day, especially if you’re someone who needs to read each email as they come through. By doing this, you are breaking your concentration from the task at hand.
4. Replace your chair with a Swiss ball
Give your spine a break from your office chair and give the swiss ball a go. This will force you to properly align your spine, improve your balance and encourage circulation.
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5. Add water to a tea or coffee break
Take a break from staring at the computer screen and take five to drink a big glass of water if you’re feeling sluggish or have hit a wall with a task. Tea and coffee are diuretics, and can actually dehydrate you and make you feel more tired later on if you don’t also top up your water intake. So for the best physical and mental health, try drinking water on your break.
If you’re working in a noisy workplace, music becomes your escape. Try listening to some ambient music or songs you are familiar with.
7. Essential Oils
Try inhaling some essential oils such as peppermint, rosemary or frankincense to improve your concentration while working.
And one final tip…
8. Shake the day off
How you end your day can be just as important as the way you started it. If you’re not a morning person, maybe this is the best time for you to get those endorphins going with a group fitness class or going for a run. You might find exercising in the evening helps you get to sleep better too!