In a world where we’re constantly on the go while looking for new ways to make it and become more productive, it’s easy to forget to pause and take care of yourself. When you have too much work on your hands, it’s important to take a step back. Here are some tips to continue practicing self-care right from your work space:
Make a task list for the day
Often times we create unmanageable lists and become discouraged when we cannot finish even half of those tasks by the end of the day. To prevent yourself from getting anxious and disheartened, limit yourself to three big tasks a day and then three smaller tasks in the event that you accomplish the bigger tasks early. From there, create an action plan for the top three tasks so you know exactly how to get them done.
Load up on snacks and food
Because of the ongoing daily grind, many people forget to eat or skip a meal (or meals) altogether. Taking the time to do groceries once a week and meal prep will help you get back on track to staying nourished during work hours. Not to forget to mention, pre-packaged food and snacks are a great start towards a healthier lifestyle.
Drink lots of water
I’m sure you have heard this multiple times but it bears repeating; people need eight cups of water a day. Set a consistent reminder or even a water app to remind you how much water left to drink and do it. Not only does it keep you hydrated but drinking water truly has a bunch of different benefits to it. Not only is it critical for productivity and mental alertness, water takes up 85% of our brain and it helps the brain work properly. Even a mere deficiency of just 2% can cause the brain to slow down and lose focus.
Use the Pomodoro Technique
Living in a digital world today, it is easy to become distracted with social media and forget about the task at hand. To help combat that, try out the Pomodoro Technique. This work method was designed to break down work into intervals of 25 minutes punctuated by five minute breaks. You can use a simple timer as your phone to help you keep track of time or download an app. Once you get into the habit of incorporating this technique in your workflow, you will be amazed at how much work you accomplish and how much time you save!
Don’t burn yourself out trying to take on the world. When you feel your focus diminishing or you’re stuck on a task, take that as a sign to rest. For me, I try to do something that will inspire and motivate me to get work done like watching inspirational Girl Boss videos on YouTube to remind me WHY I’m doing what I do. Another thing that I practice to simply re-energize myself is to do yoga. This helps calm my mind and recenter so that I can go back to work ready to complete my tasks for the day.
Stretch it out
Sitting down at a desk or staying in one position can get exhausting and often normalize bad posture in your body. To help you get out of it, take five minutes out of your day to do some stretches. Here are some examples of stretches that you can do to maintain a good posture.
Play motivating music
Whether it’s EDM, smooth jazz or Beyonce, play music that makes you feel good and most productive. This will help keep your spirits up while working and perfect when you need a dance break or a moment to break out into song.
Using essential oils and aromatherapy everyday is trending for good reason. There are so many different oils for various individual needs, including staying focused at work, calming down anxiety and staying motivated. Take a moment to stop and smell the goodness. In the meantime, check out the different benefits each scent provides.
All of these tips are meant to help us all have a productive day while also preventing burn out. It’s a little reminder that we are all human and our health, both mental and physical, should always come first, not to become the world’s next billionaire. The term “work life balance” was created for a reason so keep up the good work and don’t forget to create those lists, take breaks and stop and smell the roses, (or oils).