Three ways to survive an office job
I don’t always sit behind a desk, but when I do, I follow these tips.
Listen to music
Noisy coworkers, sales calls and office banter can distract you from your work, causing irritation and lowering productivity. A pair of headphones or earbuds and a free or paid music subscription service can help solve the problem. Match the music to your task: If you’re writing and need to concentrate, try instrumentals instead of music with vocals. This doesn’t have to be an all-day activity, just until you get the job done. Studies have shown that music can get the brain juices flowing.
Get some exercise, part 1
Take a walk for a few minutes every hour. The American Heart Association recommends 10,000 steps a day. Do a few laps around the office or around the parking lot. A wearable device that counts your steps will keep you accountable. My FitBit reminds me to take steps every hour. You’ll be shocked by the renewed energy and focus you have after your walk.
Get some exercise, part 2
Take an exercise break instead of a lunch break. Workout out during your lunch break and eat afterward (if your office is OK with you eating at your desk). Take advantage of a nearby gym or walking trail, or find a quiet spot inside where you can close the door and practice yoga. If you miss the camaraderie of eating with your co-workers, encourage them to join you in your exercise routine!
Bring nature in
Nature can help with brain power and stress levels. Put a picture of your favorite outdoor spot at your desk or place a few low-maintenance plants like bamboo and terrariums around your desk. Plants can help filter the air and remove pollutants that are emitted by your computer as well. The plants also brighten up your workspace.