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Smart Solutions for Working Women.
January 6, 2011
Issue #24

If You're Not Already Asleep at Your Desk, You Should Probably Read This

Let's face it. It's a tough time of year. We're in the post-holiday slump, and many of us are dealing with colder weather and short sunless days. But despite the fact that we'd like to hibernate for a couple of months, life and work go on and we need to find ways to stay energized during the day. Here are some quick tips for recharging when you feel like you're losing steam:

  1. Drink.
    No, I don't mean mimosas. Set an alarm for both 10am and 2pm, and when it goes off, drink 6-8 ounces of water. You won't believe how much better you will feel.

  2. Eat.
    No, not Yodels from the snack machine. Make sure you always have healthy snacks on hand that you like. It's irrelevant to pack what health experts recommend if you don't like those foods. Let's be honest, if you pack carrot sticks but actually hate them, you're going to end up with Yodel crumbs on your chin.

  3. Move.
    No, we're not talking about a Biggest Loser workout. Just 10 minutes to get out of whatever funk is making you drag. Take a brisk walk around the office or neighborhood and you will return to your work much more energetic.

  4. Stop what you're doing.
    No, I don't mean tell the boss that you're calling it a day. Instead, switch tasks and work on something else. Some projects drain our energy to the point that we're no longer productive. Change gears and work on something more easily accomplished. You'll return later to the original project with more motivation and creativity.

  5. Laugh.
    No, not at other people (although that can also be energizing at times). Take 5 minutes to call a friend who always cracks you up or to visit a funny website. When you laugh, your body releases endorphins which put simply, relax you and make you feel great. If you're ready to start laughing, check out this website and "news story" which had me hysterical earlier this week.

Faun Zarge helps people find solutions for their work-life challenges.
She offers her practical, realistic strategies through a wide variety of highly interactive and engaging seminars.  Please feel free to contact Faun directly to discuss how she might help your organization.


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