Simply put being employed is a financial necessity for most of us whether it is full time, part time at the office or outdoors – work takes up the majority of our adult lives. With all the time spent juggling our personal lives to keep up with the daily grind it’s no wonder that stress leaves and workplace injuries are on the rise. Here are some simple ways to stay productive and healthy enough to function at optimum capacity for all the busy days ahead!
1. Prioritize your workload
* Start your day with a plan by creating checklists or keeping an agenda, marking off each task as its completed helps you stay on track
* Work on what is time sensitive and cannot be changed before you tackle other projects, working on bits and pieces of everything may make you feel overwhelmed
2. Rest Your Eyes & Body
* Make sure to blink, fixating on the computer screen or detail work will dry out your eyes and cause repetitive strain damaging your vision
* Turn down the brightness on your monitor and sit as far away as possible where you can still read comfortably
* Consider glasses or contacts if you are constantly squinting- aside from keeping your eyes relaxed you’ll prevent premature wrinkles too!
* Walk away from your desk or stationary position whenever possible even for a few minutes to keep circulation flowing throughout your body. A simple stroll to the water fountain or quick stretch of the legs keeps your blood moving carrying oxygen throughout your cells
* Prevent strain on your muscles and connective tissue by not sitting on your hands or crossing your legs as the weight bearing limbs will suffer from decreased circulation
* Perform stretches throughout the day so you don’t have to deal with stiffness and soreness in the evening
3. Don’t Multitask Lunch
* Instead of scarfing food down within minutes or keeping up in conversation with your colleagues while you’re trying to chew consider eating lunch alone or dedicate an appropriate amount of time to enjoy it. Food is fuel and eating it slowly enables it to be properly digested.
4. Make Break Time “ Me Time”
* Detach from the electronic and technological world by going for a walk sans phone during your breaks unless absolutely necessary. People watch, explore your surroundings breathe in some fresh air and look around you. Even being still and silent for a few minutes could be your ticket to Zen- meditation may just be the ultimate form of recharging your mental power supply.
5. Know When To Walk Away
* If you feel you are not getting anywhere with a task or cannot find a solution to a problem leave it be for a few minutes or more until you collect your thoughts and come back to it. Often times we get frustrated at ourselves more so than the issue at hand. When you feel your patience getting the best of you just breathe, take 5 and try again with a calm focused and collected approach.
* Don’t burn yourself out staying late or taking work home all the time, come in earlier or try a different time management approach to ensure you can go home feeling on track and able to enjoy time with your loved ones. Resenting the workload will only decrease productivity!
Remember, its you VS you every day in every way so make the effort to be the best version you can be- maintain yourselves Toronto! Don’t let the daily grind wear you down- there is far more to life beyond chasing the next tax bracket- focus on your health now to greet retirement with energy and zest!