6 Midafternoon Energy Boosters for At-Home Workers
Here at Remote.co, we’re becoming more aware of the daily behaviors and habits that can contribute to increased energy, productivity, and happiness for at-home workers.
In a recent thread on Yammer (a message board we use for communication), the question of time and energy was brought up.
Time is finite—it runs out regardless of any action we take. It seems we are always in this fight against time to create more time and space in our lives. Even my iCloud account is telling me I’ve run out of space. For many of us, it seems like we are maxed out in all areas of our lives.
What if we approached this problem from another angle—the angle of energy?
Energy is renewable: with more energy, we can enhance productivity, use our time more wisely, and maybe gain back some of our precious time to do things that truly engage us and add to our quality of life.
Here are six suggestions for increasing energy and productivity for at-home workers:
1. Change your scenery.
Do not underestimate the power of a change of scenery. For some, that’s all it takes to boost their energy, myself included. You could run an errand, do a little light gardening work, or take the dog out.
The task doesn’t matter as much as getting up and out of your office or designated workspace area.
2. Get outside.
Study after study has proven the positive effects of spending time in the outdoors. Going outside is probably one of the most effective ways for at-home workers to quickly boost their energy.
However, not all professionals have the time in their day to go for a walk. If you are one of those people, consider how you can integrate a walk or time outside into your busy work day.
Talk to your boss about integrating walking meetings into your practice, or take some time one weekend to set up an outdoor work space, even if it’s a simple table and chair in the yard or on your porch.
Integrating the outdoors into our day is a practice that should not be neglected.
3. Stand up and move.
Our team says that getting up and moving is one of the best ways to beat that afternoon slump.
Some of our team members report (and they are grateful that they work at home, away from the eyes of coworkers!) doing 25 jumping jacks, sneaking in a little yoga practice, or jogging in place.
Even better, put on a song and dance, as dancing can actually make you smarter! We offer staffers the opportunity to move with our virtual yoga and bellydancing classes.
4. Rest up.
Evaluate your sleep. Sleep is a hot topic these days when it comes to health and wellness. Even Huffington Post CEO Arianna Huffington wrote a book on sleep after experiencing her own set of health issues as a result of her chronic exhaustion.
If you’re not getting seven to nine hours of sleep a night, you should try to find time in your schedule to get that recommended amount. Any work you do on less than that amount is not going to be your best work, regardless of how well you think you operate on little sleep.
If you’re averaging enough sleep hours and are still feeling sleep deprived, consider integrating power naps into your daily routine.
I hear from so many professionals that “I can’t nap” and “I would never wake up,” but I assure you that with time and practice, you will get used to it, and it will become a part of your day that you soon look forward to. Getting into a routine will enable you to pick up on this habit with more speed and ease.
Choose the same spot, take the same preparatory actions, and listen to the same song or sounds each time you go down for your nap. Set a soothing alarm to wake you up, or use one of the many apps out there.
If napping still isn’t your cup of tea, try meditating, as it can have some of the same effects that napping does for increased energy and productivity.
5. Evaluate your diet.
So you’ve tried all of the above, and you still want to literally curl up under your desk and fall asleep at 2 p.m.
It could be your diet that’s not keeping you awake. Before taking any drastic changes, try drinking a full glass of water as soon as you feel the slump coming on. Better yet, add a capful of apple cider vinegar; amongst its many benefits, increased energy is one.
Try bringing a smoothie to work as well, and stocking up on some high protein snacks like peanut butter or a hard boiled egg, and eat plenty of veggies throughout the day.
6. Try an alternative work station.
The benefits of standing versus sitting is not new news for most people, but if you want to take it one step further, as one brave member of FlexJobs does, consider a treadmill desk.
This employee forewarns any potential users that you need to slow your speed down from your regular walking speed in order to avoid a workplace disaster!
With a walking desk, you’re able to get in your daily exercise while increasing your productivity and brain functioning. It’s a win-win option!
By Alexis Reale | May 5, 2016 | Categories: Work Remotely