Here at the OfficeAnything.com blog, we love to help our readers achieve peak comfort and performance levels in the workplace. That being said, fatigue is no joke. This office epidemic is ready to strike at a moments notice and take down your work day. We put our heads together and decided this problem had to have a viable solution. If you want to conquer fatigue in 2016, you'll need to check out the 7 helpful tips highlighted in today's post.
1.) Get Good Rest
A good work day starts with a full 8 hours of quality sleep. Don't stay up late clicking through old shows on the tube and eating junk food. Save that stuff for the weekend! During the week, commit to a reasonable bed time. Maximize your down time by picking out your clothes and determining what you'll be eating for breakfast the night before work. Leave no doubt, getting good rest will help you effectively fight fatigue in 2016.
2.) Eat Healthy
Don't rush off to work without eating a healthy breakfast. Skip the bacon, pancakes, french toast, and pot of coffee if possible. While these tasty morning treats are certainly delectable, they don't set you up for success throughout the day. This is yet another habit that can be saved for Saturday! Going with a cup of yogurt, muffin, or piece of fresh fruit is a far better idea. Lay the foundation for a solid work day by eating a breakfast treat that's packed with energy and not carbs. You'll be glad you did! When lunch time rolls around, follow the same healthy principles. Don't abandon your office chair for a booth at the local burger joint. Instead, make a health salad and eat outside. You'll return to your cubicle energized and ready to conquer the last half of your day. That sounds far more appealing than returning with a gut bomb and in need of a nap!
3.) Plan Effectively
It's important to remember that proper planning reduces stress in the workplace. If you steam through your day jumping from task to task, fatigue will no doubt be joining you soon. When you arrive at work, sit down at your desk and write out a list of daily goals. Prioritize the tasks on your list and assign them time oriented deadlines. As you tactfully navigate your shift, you'll get a small boost of energy and motivation each time you cross an item off the list.
It's hard to find the time to exercise at home. The kids have practice, dinner needs to be cooked, and a pile of laundry awaits. Have no fear. All hope is not lost! You can fight fatigue and improve health right at your desk in 2016. The emerging trend known as deskercising is sweeping the nation. You can use your office workstation and surroundings to conduct simple stretches that really make a difference. We highly recommend checking out the deskercise routines and tips that can be found on YouTube.
5.) Take Short Breaks
Sitting for long periods of time can actually shorten your life span. On a more immediate note, extended sits will also cause fatigue to play a key role in your day. We can't stress enough how important it is to take a 5 to 10 minute break every hour. Don't get sucked into the black hole vortex of a time sensitive task and avoid taking a break. The productivity lost due to fatigue is far more impactful than the 10 minutes spent stretching your legs and walking around the office. Each time you take a break, you'll kick fatigue in the fanny. You'll be reducing visual strain and returning to your station with a renewed vigor. Oddly enough, studies have shown that taking breaks actually improves workplace perfromance.
6.) Commit To Good Posture
It's time to kick those bad posture habits to the curb. To effectively fight fatigue, you'll need to sit correct in 2016. Start by creating a list of helpful posture reminders that you can place within eye sight of your computer screen. Studies have shown that this simple practice yields big time results. When sitting at your stations, keep your back in contact with the task chair seating surfaces at all times to provide yourself with as much support as possible. Don't lean and hunch away from your chair to type! You'll also want to raise your computer screen to eye level. An ergonomic monitor arm will do the trick. If you're looking to save a few bucks, you can raise your monitor with a stack of books or magazines. Take your posture performance the next level by ensuring you operate with your feet placed flat on the ground and facing forward when sitting. Using your office chair base as a foot rest is a bad idea to say the least. In the long run, good posture habits are priceless in the workplace. They'll ensure comfort and productivity while simultaneously helping you reduce fatigue.
7.) Improve Blood Flow
Poor blood flow results in fatigue. To increase blood flow in 2016, promote continuous movement! Operate from both sitting and standing positions with the use of a height adjustable ergonomic desk or table. Stand up and walk around about once every hour as mentioned in tip 5. You can also make the switch to an office chair equipped with a waterfall seat edge to take pressure off the knees. This type of ergonomic seat helps to avoid restricting blood flow that works hand in hand with the fatigue monster. If you feel your muscles tightening up, move around! Take the initiative and you'll be ready to conquer even the toughest days at the office.