It happens to everyone, and if it hasn't happened to you yet, it will; falling asleep at work. Busy schedules, long hours, red-eye flights and early meetings don't mesh well with our sleep schedules. Even if you aren't tired, it may be hard to stay productive when the days are getting shorter and colder. If you are having trouble concentrating at the office, check out these fun tips on staying alert and productive at work.
Warm temperatures make you feel relaxed and sleepy. Heat can also intensify feelings of pressure, frustration and stress, so stay cool throughout the day by hydrating yourself with a cold glass of water and fresh foods like fruits and veggies. If your office gets warm, bring a desk fan to work to keep you cool and refreshed.
Stand Up and Energize
Stuck at a desk job? Many professions require you to sit for the majority of the day, so when you're starting to lose focus stand up and stretch for a few minutes. Sitting all day can take a toll on your mind and body, so periodically getting up to walk around or stretch will give you a mini break and help you feel refreshed.
Try taking a quick walk to get some fresh air during your lunch break. The more you are moving around, the less likely you are to doze off in your office chair. If you have to be inside for the majority of your work, you can still take a break and step outside to clear your head. During your break, mentally make a list of all the things you need to accomplish for the day. It’s amazing how much the great outdoors can motivate you!
Plan a Vacation
Everyone needs a break, so why not schedule a vacation? It doesn't have to be expensive or extravagant, just take a few days off to relax. After you've booked your days off, make a list of all the projects you need to get done at work before your time off. Having something fun to look forward to will help motivate you to work hard.
Take a Nap
If all else fails, take a quick nap! A 20 minute power nap can help rejuvenate your restless body. Don't have time for a nap? If you're really dragging your feet, a bottle of your favorite 5-hour ENERGY® flavor can help you ditch that 2:30 feeling®.
For those days when you struggle to stay awake and productivity is hard to find, remember these little tips to re-energize and keep you alert, focused and productive!