It’s no secret that working in an office can sometimes be stressful. There are deadlines, sometimes you’re put on a project that is tedious or on-going and it feels like it will never end, like you’ll never see the light at the end of the tunnel. Sometimes you need a little distraction, a good reason to focus on something else. So how do you keep from getting bored or going off track from your task? Set something to look forward to whether it be during the day each day or during the work week. Here are 9 things you can do to keep busy and keep your gears grinding.
- Customize your workspace. Add pictures to your office or cubicle. It will be sure to liven up your area and make you feel more comfortable which will put you more at ease to work.
- Listen to music. Listening to music while you work definitely makes work go by faster. I’ll be working on something and time passes without thinking about it.
- Schedule something once or twice a week to look forward to. Maybe you could go to a Happy Hour Wednesday or Friday after work with friends or coworkers. You could go to a specific restaurant once a week. Schedule a day to go to the gym or the movies or a show you’ll binge watch when you get home. Something to look forward to will subconsciously motivate you to get through your day or week.
- Take a walk. Set a time after lunch or sometime in the afternoon to step outside of the office, outside of the bubble you’ve been in for hours. A breath of fresh air is always good for you.
- Meditate at your desk. If you can’t get outside, take a few minutes to stretch at your desk. Stand, stretch up or touch your toes, twist your body, and take deep breaths. Give yourself time to look away from your computer screen for at least 5 to 10 minutes. It’s been said that getting up and being active 5 to 10 minutes each hour is good for your health. Looking at the screen for too long will strain your eyes.
- Declutter your desk. Take some time to throw things away that you need any more. You could also organize your desk so that it can be more tidy. Throw old papers away. Clean your desktop. Get rid of old documents or organize them into a file.
- Set a break time. Set a time in the day to go to bathroom or get a snack or take a walk to get coffee. Anything that will separate you from your desk to give your brain some time to relax and change gears from what you’ve been focused on when you need a break.
- BRING snacks. You should always have something near you that you like that you can resort to when you’re hungry. Sometimes the vending machines don’t have what you want or a store is far from where you are. Drinks and snacks are great
- If there’s truly nothing for you to do, try to assist someone else around the office on a task.
There are always things you can do to give you a break from dragging out the day at work. You just need to get creative!