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Office Energy Boosters

Business Forward Issue 68

Is there a dead spot in your day? It's probably a good time to look at boosting your energy. Lack of energy is a motivation crusher for you and those around you. It's unhealthy too - it leads to bad posture which in turn can cause workplace injuries. And of course lack of energy shows up in your office output or, rather, lack of output.

Everyone's different but sometimes it can help to run interference on your daily routine. Here are some simple ways to go from blah to aha!

  • Workout. Some people swear by a dawn session at the gym followed by a sustaining breakfast. Others prefer to dash out at lunch for a quick run or power walk. It's your call but get that blood pumping somehow
  • Sleep. Banish that lagging feeling by topping up with the full eight hours a night. Or else find a comfy private corner in the office for a 10 minute power nap. You don't want to be spotted curled up snoozing but an afternoon nap can really make you more alert and boost your mood and motor skills
  • Laugh. Go on. It's good for you. Releasing those endorphin's will raise your energy levels. 2.30 in the afternoon is a good time to share a giggle with a colleague. You'll both feel better
  • Shine a light. Emotional baggage weighs you down and saps your energy especially if carried day after day. Anger or any other negativity is distracting and exhausting. By contrast, positive energy is a buzz that transmits to others. Do something nice for a colleague. If you're having difficulty with someone, be open with them and work it out tactfully. Catch up with a friend at lunch
It is important to encourage breaks from the desk, especially ones that will fuel energy levels. Higher levels of energy will drive greater productivity from employees.



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