Take A Break
Are you a serial lunch skipper?
You constantly tell yourself that you'll break for 30-minutes, but the clock strikes 1 and you realise you're a little behind on work...
...So you power through, scoffing half a sarnie as you smash the keyboard keys with immense speed.
Stop right there!
You might think that you're working more effectively by not taking a break, but in actual fact the opposite is true. Not giving your mind (and fingertips) a well-earned rest has a huge, negative impact on your productivity levels. You'll actually end up getting less done.
Don't believe us?
Well, we've got the stats to prove it. DeskTime, a real-time tracking service that analyses productivity, conducted a study on the matter. It peeked into the behaviour of its most productive workers, discovering that they tended to work for an average of 52 consecutive minutes, and then take a 17-minute break.
DeskTime also uncovered that the employees spent most of those 17 minutes away from their computers. They took some much-needed time out from their screens and returned feeling ready and raring to go!
There we are then; conclusive proof that taking a break is good for you. Look at the clock - have 52 minutes passed? If so, here are some things you could do:
Put the kettle on
Time for a brew? Collect your colleagues' cups en route to the staff room. As you're waiting for the kettle to boil, why not do a few stretches?
Circle the office
A few laps of the office ought to perk you up. Plus, it's a good chance to catch up with your chums, either about work or what they got up to at the weekend. Spending some time socialising at work will give your mood a boost, too.
Get some fresh air
Leave that stale, circulated office air behind and step outside for some fresh air! It may be invisible, but it's incredibly beneficial to our health and well-being, aiding digestion, improving morale, clearing our minds and helping us to refocus!
Take a stroll
Head outside and stretch those legs! If you don't think you've got time for exercise at work, then make time! A study published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine found that employees who exercised for 2.5 hours a week were overall happier with the quantity and quality of their work. Not only that, but they reported increased work ability and took fewer sick days than employees who didn't exercise.
There's one golden rule to staying productive throughout the day: never skip lunch! Lunch re-energises your body and mind, raising blood sugar levels to combat fatigue and boost concentration. Don't over-indulge though or you might feel sluggish. Wholesome salads, healthy wraps and homemade soups are good brain foods that will keep you full throughout the afternoon. And don't forget some healthy snacks, such as fruit or some nuts.