Staying Productive Throughout Your Day
It can be quite a shock to the system to go from being an unemployed job-seeker to working 35+ hours a week. Some find it tricky to adjust to the rigid structure of a full-time position. However, you’ll be able to stay productive all week long by utilizing some of these effective methods.
- Get energized. Start your day with something that you can rely on to wake you up. Yoga or a quick jog around the block works for some people; a simple shower or a cup of coffee works for others. The natural energy found in fruit and in smoothies is a good substitute for caffeine if it makes you jittery. I suggest avoiding energy drinks entirely—they’re terrible for your teeth and put stress on your heart.
- Keep yourself hydrated, and be sure to get enough to eat. Don’t skip out on breakfast, unless you want to be hungry and miserable later on. Bring a bottle of water to work with you and keep a small snack (like a protein bar or an apple) on you for emergency refuelling. Staying well-fed and hydrated is the best way to keep your energy levels up and your brain functioning at full strength.
- Make friends with your co-workers and, if possible, your boss. I find the time goes by much faster when you enjoy the company of your fellow employees, and getting into your boss’ good books has plenty of benefits as well—for example, your boss will be more open to grant you requested days off if he or she likes you as a person. The atmosphere of a workplace is made all the more pleasant if everybody gets along well.
- Maintain a positive attitude. Even if you would rather be at home avoiding the atrocious weather on a cold winter day, it’s always a good idea to make the best out of any given situation. A positive attitude is infectious; if you’re always friendly and upbeat, your co-workers will be more likely to reflect that in their own attitude and demeanour.
Keep in mind that these are only suggestions. Use whatever habits work best for you to help you keep your days as productive as possible.
By Dan McDonald
Dan is a Sales and Marketing Development Associate at Baxter Media. He graduated from the University of Toronto in 2011.