Having a nine to five job is great in its own ways: it is steady income, it gives you a schedule to work off of and it really makes the weekends seem special. However, when you are super busy and working late, the days tend to blur together. Trust me, I know how this feels! So I’ve created a list of my top four tips to staying organized and surviving the work week:
Make a to-do list before you leave. This is really my go-to on any day, busy or not! With my job, I end up doing so many different things in a day it is easy to lose track of my assignments and priorities for the next day. So I always make sure to write out a list of what I know needs to get accomplished for the next day before I leave work each day. This way in the mornings, I don’t have to think about what I didn’t finish yesterday or what big project I need to start today; everything is already listed out and prioritized!
Leave your place of work at least once a day. This may sound odd, especially if you’re really busy and don’t feel like you can even leave your desk for a bathroom break, but I find this is one of the best things I can do for myself any day. Leaving the sometimes hectic environment of my job, even if it’s just for 20 minutes, lets me breathe some fresh air and decompress a little, leaving me feeling more refreshed for the afternoon than if I stayed in the building!
Move Around! As someone who works from a desk all day (and by that I mean I’m chained there and basically can never leave my computer!) this is always a struggle for me. However, it is important to stretch your legs and walk around! I always print at the farthest printer to give myself an excuse to get up an walk. Take whatever opportunities you can to move around during the day so you wont feel like blob when five o’clock rolls around!
Take 5 minutes every hour and a half. This is actually from an article I read about a study showed that employees who take a five minute break every hour and a half are actually more productive during the day than those who don’t. The reason being they will get less distracted for longer periods of time during the day if they stop and take five minutes to do things like check their facebook or stretch. I actually tested this out and I was surprised by how accurate they were! I felt way more productive that day by giving myself more short breaks. So now, I try and incorporate this into my daily work routine and I definitely recommend you try it, too!
Another great tip: drink a lot of water! We get too distracted during the day and sometimes forget to hydrate. Dehydration is a major cause of fatigue, so drinking up to 3 liters of water a day is really great for not only your health , but will also keep you awake during the work week. So when you’re sitting at your desk all day, don’t forget to stay hydrated and drink up!
Hope all these tips help you get through your nine to five job. If you have any other great survival tips, please feel free to share in the comments!